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  • 7 Apr – 28 May 22 Upstairs Theatre


By Caryl Churchill
Co-directed by Hannah Goodwin and Eamon Flack

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 7 Apr – 28 May 22
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Visions of a new world, in a time of chaos. Churchill’s classic play, in a bold new repertory presentation.

Social upheaval. Dreams, and defeat. And the power of language in the mouths of those that saw the light.

Caryl Churchill’s 1976 classic Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, set during the English Civil War, tells of the ordinary people who went into battle for the soul of the nation. Incendiary, pulsing with ideas and poetically-heightened speech, it speaks of the revolution that never happened, and some ghosts it left behind.

Way back in ancient times (2020) when the theatres were first closed, we brought some actors into the building to simply read plays. This one shone like a searchlight – it’s a brilliant piece of writing, and it’s brilliant in its vision too. If you think our stages could do with more ideas and ambition, come and spend a night with this visionary, illuminating play. And see Wayside Bride too – the experience of seeing them on the same set will make both plays all the more haunting and rich. We couldn’t do them in 2021 – but this pair has been marinating nicely. – Eamon

Performance Times


With a 5-play subscription package starting from $252* plus a range of ticket types and concessions, there is a package to suit everyone!

*30-Down mid-week matinee

Single tickets go on sale for 2022 subscribers 7 Feb, and 14 Feb to the general public.



  • Caryl Churchill
  • Eamon Flack
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    Belvoir’s Artistic Director. Eamon Flack finished his BA at the University of Queensland in 2000 and trained as an actor at WAAPA from 2001 to 2003. He has since worked as a director, writer, actor and dramaturg around Australia and internationally, from Milikapiti on the Tiwi Islands to London. For Belvoir, Eamon’s directing credits include […]

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  • Hannah Goodwin
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    Hannah is a director based in Sydney. For Belvoir, she was assistant director on Stop Girl by Sally Sara (dir. Anna-Louise Sarks), Packer and Sons by Tommy Murphy (dir. Eamon Flack), My Brilliant Career adapted by Kendall Feaver (dir. Kate Champion) and she was the 2021 Andrew Cameron Fellow. Hannah’s work as a director includes The Carousel […]

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  • A cast of 9

  • Arkia Ashraf
  • Marco Chiappi
  • Emily Goddard
  • Sandy Greenwood
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    Sandy is a First Nations actor and playwright from the Dunghutti, Gumbaynggirr and Bundjulung tribes of Australia.  She has a Bachelor of Creative Industries from the Queensland University of Technology (Honours) as well as having trained at Atlantic Acting School in New York City, and The Groundlings in Los Angeles.   Sandy has performed with […]

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  • Sacha Horler
  • Rebecca Massey
  • Brandon McClelland
  • Angeline Penrith
  • Creatives

  • Ella Butler
    Costume Designer
  • Michael Hankin
    Set Designer
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    Michael is a NIDA trained Set and Costume Designer for theatre, dance, opera and film. His credits for Belvoir include Hir, Ghosts, Mark Colvin’s Kidney, The Sugar House, Jasper Jones, My Urrwai, The Great Fire, Ivanov and The Glass Menagerie, Twelfth Night, The Dark Room, A Christmas Carol and Angels in America. Michael’s other theatre […]

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  • Nell Ferguson
    Design Associate
  • Damien Cooper
    Lighting Designer
  • Alyx Dennison
    Sound Designer, Composer & Musician
  • Elle Evangelista
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    Elle loves dancing. Elle recently choreographed for Belvoir’s The Cherry Orchard. She was the Youth Company Rehearsal Director for The Last Season by Force Majeure, Sydney Festival 2021. Her performance credits include GIF of Dance by Matt Cornell, FLOCK by Force Majeure, Out of Earshot by KAGE Physical Theatre, Days Like These by Murmuration, the […]

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  • Cecilia Nelson
    Stage Manager
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    Cecilia Nelson graduated from NIDA’s BFA (Technical Theatre and Stage Management) in 2017 after completing a BSc./BA. at The University of Sydney. This year, she was the assistant stage manager Pippin, Australia’s first commercial musical to open after the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, she was half-way through the national tour of Billy Elliot (LWAA) when our […]

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  • Erin Shaw
    Assistant Stage Manager
  • Danielle Roffe
    Vocal Coach

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    Recommended for Years 10 – 12

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    Schools Performance Times

    Schools Performances are held on Wednesdays throughout the school year at Belvoir St Theatre in Surry Hills. All Schools Performances are followed by a Q&A session with the cast.

    There is no dedicated Schools Performance for Light Shining in Buckinghamshire.

    Schools can attend Thursday 26 May 1PM matinee for $24 per ticket or an evening performance from $45 per student.

    What to expect

    Belvoir creates for a wide audience and our productions may contain mature content. Accurate information about productions including running times and content is available once rehearsals have begun.

    Contact Us

    For more information about our education programs, please get in touch.

    Education Manager Jane May
    Education Coordinator Stevie Bryant
    +61 (2) 8396 6241


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