Isaac has come home from the blood and horror of a foreign war to look after his sick Dad, only to find a family home that looks like a bomb has gone off. And, in a way, that’s just what’s happened. It turns out his younger sibling is transgender, his Mum isn’t under the thumb of her domineering husband any more, and they’re going to smash the Patriarchy to smithereens.
But in this absurd comedy, blowing up the past doesn’t necessarily set you free.
Come and watch Helen Thomson go to town in a cracker of a leading role in what seems to be a conventional play but is actually almost a vaudeville – of America, war, money, gender. You’ll see all those things differently by the time we’re through. It’s also hilarious. – Eamon
Hir is supported by the Creative Development Fund.
Writer Taylor Mac
Director Anthea Williams
Set & Costume Designer Michael Hankin
Composer & Sound Designer Steve Toulmin
Lighting Designer Sian James-Holland
Associate Artist Lucky Price
Voice / Dialect Coach Paige Walker
Design Assistant Jeremy Allen
Stage Manager Isabella Kerdijk
Assistant Stage Manager Keiren Smith
Tuesday & Wednesday 6.30pm
Thursday & Friday 8pm
Saturday 2pm & 8pm
8pm, 12 August
6.30pm, 13 August
8pm, 15 August
Opening Night (invitation only)
8pm, 16 August
2pm, 7 September
2pm, 2 September
2pm, 9 September
3pm, 6 August
Belvoir’s ticket prices can be dynamically adjusted either up or down without notice. This can apply to a small number of tickets in response to demand for a specific performance date or time. Full ticket terms and conditions can be found on the Ticket Prices page.
|Subscriber Discount Rate||$67|
|Seniors*/Industry**/Groups (10 or more)||$62|
† Concession prices are available with a full-time Australian student card, all Centrelink Pensioner concession cards and Veteran Affairs’ cards.
** Industry prices are available to members of Actors Equity (MEAA), AACTA, ASMA, ASDA, ARDA, AFTT, Australian Academy of Dramatic Arts, Actors Centre, Performance Space, Australian Writers’ Guild, Artshub and the NSW Writers’ Centre.
# 30-Down and Student Saver prices are available for Previews, Wednesday evening, Thursday evening, Friday evening, Saturday matinee, Saturday evening.
Some of our productions at Belvoir may contain strong language, smoking, nudity, violence, strobe lighting, haze or other things you may find confronting or uncomfortable. If you are concerned about any of these please ask our Box Office staff about content when booking.
You may think you’ve seen just about every variation on the dysfunctional family play. Adultery? Check. Sexual abuse? Check. Drug addiction, incest, alcoholism. Check, check and — yawn — check.
I’m here to tell you that unless you’ve seen “Hir,” the sensational — in all senses of the word — play by Taylor Mac, you cannot consider yourself an authority on this ever-enduring genre of American theater.Charles Isherwood | The New York Times
Bracingly funny and smart … a brave deconstruction of a family drama that slides from bizarre farce to Greek tragedy with audacious velocity.Karen D'Souza | The Mercury News
F***ing staggered by the beauty and loneliness of Taylor Mac’s HIR @bushtheatre. A great US play. A great Bush play.Simon Stephens | Twitter