Light Shining in Buckinghamshire

Light Shining in

  • 7 October – 14 November 2021 Upstairs Theatre

Light Shining in

by Caryl Churchill
Directed by Eamon Flack and Hannah Goodwin

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 7 October – 14 November 2021
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It’s 1649, and after a bloody civil war, England is a kingdom which has beheaded its king. But what will the brave new world look like? And who gets to decide how it will work? From the corners of the country, self-taught geniuses, inspired souls, mad outsiders, share their ideas – as the new bosses start acting exactly like the old ones.

And just when nothing seems to have changed, those who have lost most come together – maybe they have found the light after all.

Caryl Churchill’s 1977 classic is a deft, sometimes demanding play that becomes a hymn of those who, for a brief moment, catch a glimpse of a brighter world.

Last year, during the time of the theatres being closed (there’s an appropriately seventeenth century phrase), we brought some actors into the building to simply read plays. This one rang as loudly as a cathedral bell – 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 the union of them on the same set will make both plays all the more haunting and rich.
– Eamon Flack

Light Shining in Buckinghamshire is presented as part of a repertory season (the same cast, on the same set, in alternating performances of two different plays) alongside Wayside Bride.


  • Full Price (Adult)^ $68 – $89
  • Mates Rates (Adult) $63 – $79
  • Senior* $58 – $79
  • Concession $48 – $69
  • 30-Down# $46 – $61
  • Previews $51 – $56
  • Student Saver# $33 – $48

~ Bookings of 10+ full price adult tickets receive a $10 discount per ticket.
^ Tickets to Saturday and Sunday performances may have an added $5 surcharge.
* Seniors prices are available with an eligible Australian Government-issued Seniors Card.
† Concession prices are available with a full-time student card, Centrelink Pensioner concession card, Veterans’ Affairs cards, and to members of Actors Equity (MEAA), and ArtsHub, and HotHouse Theatre Subscribers.
# 30-Down and Student Saver prices are available for Previews, Tuesday evening, Wednesday evening, Thursday evening, Friday evening, and Saturday matinees.

To claim any concessions you must provide proof.

Full ticket terms and conditions can be found on the Ticket Prices page.

*Based on weekend evening general release ticket price.


  • 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
  • Cast

  • Arkia Ashraf
  • Marco Chiappi
  • Emily Goddard
  • Sandy Greenwood
  • 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 and 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
  • Erin Shaw
    Assistant Stage Manager
  • Danielle Roffe
    Vocal Coach