• 1 Oct – 6 Nov 22 Upstairs Theatre


By Vidya Rajan based on the book by Melina Marchetta
Directed by Stephen Nicolazzo

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 1 Oct – 6 Nov 22
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  • Content warning

    Looking for Alibrandi contains coarse language and includes the reference of suicide.

    Approximate running times of each production are uploaded to the production page as soon as that information becomes available. During the rehearsal period running times are liable to change given the extensive workshopping and development each production undergoes before it reaches the 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.

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The beloved novel of migration, growing up, and Sydney – now a play!

Three generations of women. The Italian-Australian experience. A tale of Sydney. A much-loved modern classic novel, a ground-breaking film, and now at Belvoir, a simply great night out.

It’s the last year of school, and 17-year- old Josephine Alibrandi can’t wait for her future to begin. If only she can get past the world of her Nonna, holding on to the values of the old country; and the world of her Mum, full of care and secrets. It’s time to take her place in the real world, beyond her family, beyond being an Alibrandi.

But this is the year Josie gets to know her father. This is the year she falls in love. And this is the year she uncovers the truth – and finds the Alibrandi she has been searching for.

We’re really excited to see how this classic of first and second generation Italian migration plays now. It has a bit of everything – teen romance, coming-of-age, tragi-comedy in a very Australian vein. Also, it’s wonderful to have Stephen Nicolazzo directing for the Belvoir stage – he’ll bring a very Alibrandi flair. – Eamon

Performance Times

Weekly Times

  • tuesday 6:30pm

    Except 4 October at 7:30m

  • wednesday 6:30pm
  • thursday 1pm & 7:30pm
  • friday 7:30pm
  • saturday 2pm & 7:30pm
  • sunday 5pm

    Except 2 October at 6:30pm, 6 November at 2pm

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  • Full Price (Adult)^ $70 – $91
  • Mates Rates (Adult)^ $65 – $81
  • Senior* $60 – $81
  • Concession $50 – $71
  • 30-Down# $48 – $63
  • Previews $52 – $57
  • Student Saver $35 – $50


With a 3-play subscription package starting from $128* plus a range of ticket types and concessions, there is a package to suit everyone!

*30-Down mid-week matinee


~ 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.

for schools

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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.
    Final Seats! Limited availability remaining.
    • Thu, 13 Oct 2022 FINAL SEATS 11:30am
    • Wed, 19 Oct 2022 SOLD OUT, WAITLIST ONLY 11:30am
    • Wed, 26 Oct 2022 SOLD OUT, WAITLIST ONLY 11:30am
    • Wed, 2 Nov 2022 NEW 11:30am

    Schools can also attend Thursday 1PM matinees for $24 or any evening performance from $43 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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