COUNTING
AND CRACKING

  • 31 May – 23 Jun National tour
  • Approx. 3 Hours & 30 Minutes (Incl. 2 Intervals)

COUNTING
AND CRACKING

TOURING

எண்ணிக்கை, இல்லையேல் கையோங்கு

ගණන් නොගන්නේ නම් ගණන් කරන්න

By S.Shakthidharan with Eamon Flack
Directed by Eamon Flack with S.Shakthidharan

  • Venue National tour
  • Dates 31 May – 23 Jun
  • Duration Approx. 3 Hours & 30 Minutes (Incl. 2 Intervals)
  • Content warning

    Utilises theatrical haze and contains smoking on stage.

    Should you wish to speak to a member of staff regarding running times, content warnings or any other show related queries, our box office can be contacted on 02 9699 3444.

The internationally-acclaimed epic returns to Sydney, this time at Carriageworks.

On the banks of the Georges River, Radha and her son Siddhartha release the ashes of Radha’s mother – their final connection to the past, to Sri Lanka and its struggles. Now they are free to embrace their lives in Australia. But a phone call from Colombo brings the past spinning back to life, and we’re plunged into an epic story of love and political strife, of home and exile, of parents and children.

Featuring nineteen performers from six countries, Counting and Cracking follows the journey of a Sri Lankan-Australian family over four generations, from 1956 to 2004.

Winner of 14 major awards including Helpmann Awards for Best Production and Best Direction, Counting and Cracking returns triumphant from the Birmingham Commonwealth Games and Edinburgh Festivals, for a strictly limited season at Carriageworks.

It’s no exaggeration to say this show has changed many of our lives, and Belvoir as a company. It’s a huge, generous marvel of a show, and we’re very proud of it. If you couldn’t get to it five years ago, we’re rapt we can give its home city another chance to see what everyone was raving about. – Eamon

Co-commissioned by Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc, Sydney Festival, Adelaide Festival and Belvoir. Originally co-produced with Co-Curious.

Supporters

GAMECHANGERS 

We give our heartfelt thanks to our Gamechangers Producers’ Syndicate of visionary individuals whose support for Counting and Cracking since 2017 has made a landmark contribution to Australian theatre. This support includes creative development, 2019 seasons at Sydney Festival and Adelaide Festival, 2022 international tour to Edinburgh and Birmingham, and 2024 tour to Melbourne and Sydney. 

Visionary Producer
David Gonski AC & Dr Orli Wargon OAM
Macquarie Group Foundation
Simon Mordant AO & Catriona Mordant AM
Neilson Foundation
Nelson Meers Foundation
Playking Foundation

Lead Producer
Patty Akopiantz and Justin Punch
Sophie and Stephen Allen
Doc Ross Family Foundation
Oranges and Sardines Foundation
Rob Thomas AM
Kim Williams AM and Catherine Dovey
Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Shemara Wikramanayake and Ed Gilmartin 

Major Producer
Max Bonnell
Jane and Andrew Clifford
Sue Donnelly
The Horizon Foundation
Dan and Jackie Philips
John Pickhaver
Mark and Jacqueline Warburton
Penelope Seidler 

Producer
Mehrdad and Roya Baghai
Jessica Block
Andrew Cameron AM and Cathy Cameron
Bob and Chris Ernst
The Hand Up Foundation
Ruveni and Craig Kelleher
Victoria Taylor
The Wales Family Foundation

Supporter
Anne Britton
Knights Family Jabula Foundation
Lisa O’Brien
Belinda and Steve Rankine
Rob White and Lisa Hamilton
Frank Willenberg 

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Powerful Epic of Love and War, Exile and Reconciliation The Australian

Performance Times

TEAM

  • S. Shakthidharan
    Writer and Associate Director
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    Shakthi is a western Sydney storyteller with Sri Lankan heritage and Tamil ancestry. He’s a writer, director and producer of theatre and film, and composer of original music. Belvoir: The Jungle and the Sea (Co-written with Eamon Flack) and Counting and Cracking (Associate Writer Eamon Flack). His other theatre credits include Zana Fraillon’s The Bone […]

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  • Eamon Flack
    Director and Associate Writer
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    Eamon Flack is the Artistic Director of Belvoir St Theatre in Sydney. He is a director, writer, dramaturg and script developer for stage and screen.  Eamon was born in Singapore and grew up in Singapore, Darwin, Cootamundra and Brisbane. He has a BA (English and History) from the University of Queensland, and trained as an actor […]

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  • A cast of 16 including

  • Rodney Afif
  • Prakash Belawadi
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    Prakash is an Indian theater, film, television and media personality, teacher, activist and journalist from Bengaluru, Karnataka. Born into a family of theatre and cinema artistes, Belawadi obtained a degree in mechanical engineering from University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering in 1983, but has devoted the most part of his years to the stage, cinema, journalism […]

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  • Antonythasan Jesuthasan
  • Nadie Kammallaweera
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    Nadie appeared in Belvoir’s critically acclaimed production of Counting and Cracking in 2019. In 2021, Nadie appeared in another Belvoir production, The Cherry Orchard, directed by Eamon Flack. Other theatre credits include Kalumali (Stages Theatre Group, Colombo), House of Bernada Alba (directed by Priyantha Sirikumara), Blood Wedding (directed by Kaushalya Fernando), Snow White and the […]

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  • Ahi Karunaharan
  • Abbie-Lee Lewis
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    Abbie-Lee Lewis is a Kalkadoon actress who trained on the Aboriginal Theatre and Acting courses at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Perth.Her credits include Seanna Van Helten’s Fallen, directed by Penny Harpham, for Sport for Jove; Our Town, directed by Clare Watson, for the Black Swan State Theatre Company of Western Australia; a […]

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  • Gandhi McIntyre
  • Shiv Palekar
  • Sukhbir Singh Walia
  • Kaivalya Suvarna
  • Nipuni Sharada
  • Rajan Velu
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    Rajan Velu is a graduate of Actors Centre Australia and has worked extensively across Theatre, Television, and Film in Australia and the United States. Rajan’s theatre credits include Counting and Cracking (Belvoir), Life of Galileo (Belvoir), Norm and Ahmed (Australian Theatre Live), The Last Highway (Urban Theatre Projects), The Drum (Sydney Opera House), Friends in […]

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  • Sukania Venugopal
  • Musicians

  • Kranthi Kiran Mudigonda
  • Janakan Raj
  • Venkhatesh Sritharan
  • Creatives

  • Anandavalli
    Costume and Cultural Advisor
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    Anandavalli has achieved world acclaim as a dancer throughout her celebrated international career spanning 45 years. She has been taught and nurtured by the foremost Gurus in the field of Bharatha Natyam and Kuchipudi.Migrating to Australia she founded the Lingalayam Dance Academy in 1987 and the company in 1996. Her opus includes an impressive repertoire […]

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  • Dale Ferguson
    Set and Costume Designer
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    Dale has designed many Belvoir productions including Sami in Paradise, The Blind Giant is Dancing, Radiance, Brothers Wreck, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Neighbourhood Watch, The Seagull, Measure for Measure, The Power of Yes, Antigone, Exit the King, Peribanez, and The Judas Kiss (Toronto, West End and Brooklyn Academy of Music). Dale’s other credits include […]

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  • Damien Cooper
    Lighting Designer
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    Damien designs lighting for Dance, Theatre, Opera and Film.  Designs for Belvoir include Into the Woods, Light Shining In Buckinghamshire, Wayside Bride, Things I Know To Be True, Counting and Cracking, Mark Colvin’s Kidney, The Dog/The Cat, Radiance, The Glass Menagerie, Coranderrk, Miss Julie, Stories I Want to Tell You in Person, Cat on a Hot Tin […]

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  • Stefan Gregory
    Sound Designer and Composer
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    Stefan Gregory is an Australian composer and sound designer for theatre, dance and film. His recent productions include: Medea (Brooklyn Academy of Music, NY), Yerma (The Young Vic, London), Medea, Ibsen Huis, Husbands And Wives (Toneelgroep Amsterdam), Drei Schwestern, Engel In Amerika, Medea (Theatre Basel), Trilogie de Vengeance, Les Trois Soeurs (L’Odeon, Paris), Avalanche (Barbican, […]

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AWARDS & ACCOLADES

2020
NSW PREMIER’S LITERARY AWARDS – NICK ENRIGHT PRIZE FOR PLAYWRITING
S. Shakthidharan & Eamon Flack
2020
VICTORIAN PREMIER’S LITERARY AWARD
S. Shakthidharan and Eamon Flack – Belvoir / Co-Curious
2020
VICTORIAN PREMIER’S AWARD FOR DRAMA
S. Shakthidharan and Eamon Flack – Belvoir / Co-Curious
2019
HELPMANN AWARD – BEST PRODUCTION OF A PLAY
Belvoir / Co-Curious
2019
HELPMANN AWARD – BEST NEW AUSTRALIAN WORK
S.Shakthidharan & Eamon Flack – Belvoir / Co-Curious
2019
HELPMANN AWARD – BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY
Eamon Flack & S. Shakthidharan for Belvoir / Co-Curious
2019
HELPMANN AWARD – BEST MALE ACTOR IN A PLAY
Prakash Belawadi – Belvoir / Co-Curious
2019
HELPMANN AWARD – BEST FEMALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A PLAY
Vaishnavi Suryaprakash – Belvoir / Co-Curious
2019
HELPMANN AWARD – BEST SCENIC DESIGN
Dale Ferguson – Belvoir / Co-Curious
2019
HELPMANN AWARD – BEST SOUND DESIGN
Stefan Gregory – Belvoir / Co-Curious
2019
SYDNEY THEATRE AWARD – BEST MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION
Belvoir / Co-Curious
2019
SYDNEY THEATRE AWARD – BEST NEW AUSTRALIAN WORK
S. Shakthidharan – Belvoir / Co-Curious
2019
SYDNEY THEATRE AWARD – BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Stefan Gregory – Belvoir / Co-Curious
2020
VICTORIAN PREMIER’S LITERARY AWARD
S. Shakthidharan and Eamon Flack