A co-production with THE RABBLE

And while they were in the field Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.
Genesis 4

The biblical story of Cain and Abel is the story of the first act of violence – an act that ricocheted across millennia and divided civilisations. It is the genesis of a vision of history as man on man, brother on brother, blood on the earth.

Cain and Abel is a show about violence and reinventing history, made by women. Melbourne theatre-makers THE RABBLE are a law unto themselves, and it’s thrilling to see.

Their method is basically to take a big idea, lock themselves in a room, and make a piece of theatre. The big idea here is the tale from Genesis and its many iterations – Milton and Byron, Baudelaire and Baby Jane.

After the knock-out success of Orlando and The Story of O in Melbourne, Cain and Abel is the next installment in THE RABBLE’s assault on the great stories of Western civilisation.


Dana Miltins
Mary Helen Sassman


Created by Kate Davis & Emma Valente
Director Emma Valente
Set & Costume Designer Kate Davis
Lighting & Sound Designer Emma Valente
Stage Manager Mel Dyer
Directing Secondment Rachel Roberts
Design Secondments Nick Fry, Tyler Hawkins
Observer James Jackson



Davis and Valente’s work is brave, iconoclastic and important. 

Suzy Wrong | Suzy Goes See

The work is imaginative and risky, its elemental imagery is powerful, and at a little over one hour, it doesn’t overstay its welcome. Having The Rabble visit Sydney is a rare pleasure we could get definitely get used to.

Rima Sabina Aouf | Concrete Playground