Mortido is a crime drama, revenge tragedy and morality play rolled into one. In other words, a quintessential Sydney tale. It begins with a Mexican fable about death and ends in the Western suburbs. In between it takes in the public housing on Belvoir Street, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, quinoa, Nazi Germany, Qantas, Coca-Cola, a seventh birthday party, the Surry Hills police, the property market and a body in the harbour. The connective tissue? Cocaine.

Jimmy is a small-time dealer and Monte is a biggish-time distributor. Grubbe is a detective. They all want the same thing: to live out their lives in leisure. And a water view would be nice. But for Jimmy and Monte to win, Grubbe has to lose. Same goes the other way.

Angela Betzien is a virtuoso playwright who writes a funny line as well as she writes a thrilling plot and a furious social critique. Mortido is her most ambitious play so far, and a brilliant portrait of the emerald city: familiar, bizarre, glorious and mean.

Colin Friels and director Leticia Cáceres (Miss Julie, The Dark Room) team up for this remarkable new play about crime, globalisation and the killer desire for a bigger house.

A co-commission with Playwriting Australia
A co-production with State Theatre Company of South Australia


Toby Challenor
Tom Conroy

Otis Jai Dhanji
Calin Diamond
(Adelaide season)
Colin Friels
Matt Goldwyn 
(Adelaide season)
Louisa Mignone
Renato Musolino
David Valencia


By Angela Betzien
Director Leticia Cáceres
Set & Costume Designer Robert Cousins
Lighting Designer Geoff Cobham
Sound Designer Nate Edmondson
Dramaturg Anthea Williams
Movement Director Scott Witt
Assistant Director Rachel Chant
Dialect Coach Jennifer White
Stage Manager Luke McGettigan
Assistant Stage Manager Sean Proude



A potent, edgy and electrifying theatrical experience.

Stephen Davenport | Australian Stage

Mortido presents us with a world in which nightmare, fantasy and reality form an engulfing swirl.

Jason Blake | The Sydney Morning Herald

Mortido is well written and executed, often laugh-out-loud funny, and utterly gripping – from its blood-soaked prologue to its Cola-splattered ending.


Dee Jefferson | Time Out