NEVER
CLOSER

  • 25 May – 16 Jun 24 Upstairs Theatre
  • 1 hour 40 minutes (no interval)

NEVER
CLOSER

Written by Grace Chapple
Directed by Hannah Goodwin

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 25 May – 16 Jun 24
  • Duration 1 hour 40 minutes (no interval)
  • Content warning

    Never Closer contains the use of herbal cigarettes, coarse language and includes loud and sudden noises.

    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.

  • In association with
    • Essential Workers
  • Supported by
    • The Group

An astonishing debut play in a production direct from our Downstairs Theatre.

Northern Ireland, 1987. Deirdre is stuck – between arguments, nations, and the lives she almost lived. But when her old schoolfriends gather in her kitchen yet again for Christmas Eve, their growing differences push to the surface a powder-keg, waiting the tiniest spark. And then one of them turns up with her surprise fiancé.

He’s English.

Set against the backdrop of The Troubles, this brilliant debut play is an unforgettable drama of home, friends, the decision to leave or stay, and the possibility of forgiveness.

Grace Chapple’s Never Closer premiered Downstairs at Belvoir in 2022 as part of 25A and I haven’t seen anything so assured and accomplished in ages. It’s a tight, mature piece of writing with some finely-detailed performances in an exquisitely directed production by Hannah Goodwin. So, in a grand tradition, we’re bringing it Upstairs. This is a chance to see a thoughtful, crafted new play by an Australian writing of her ancestral land. In six characters and a single room, Grace catches the tremors of a whole country and a whole time – with some striking resonances for here today. – Eamon

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Performance Times

Weekly Times

  • tuesday 6:30pm

    Except 28 May at 7:30pm

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

    Except 26 May at 6:30pm & 16 Jun at 2pm

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PRICES

  • Full Price (Adult)^ $74 – $95
  • Mates Rates (Adult)^ $69 – $85
  • Senior* $64 – $85
  • Concession $54 – $75
  • 30-Down# $52 – $67
  • Previews $55 – $60
  • Student Saver $39 – $54

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TEAM

  • Grace Chapple
    Writer
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    Grace Chapple is a playwright and screenwriter based on Gadigal land in Sydney, Australia. Grace completed her MFA in Writing for Performance at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 2020. Her major work, NEVER CLOSER, was produced as part of Belvoir St Theatre’s 25A program in 2022, for which it received an AWGIE nomination […]

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  • Hannah Goodwin
    Director
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    Hannah Goodwin (she/her) is a director who lives and works on Gadigal land. She is currently Resident Director at Belvoir Street Theatre. Her work includes Wayside Bride by Alana Valentine (Belvoir), Light Shining in Buckinghamshire by Caryl Churchill (Belvoir), The Sorry Mum Project by Pippa Ellams (National Theatre of Parramatta, Bondi Feast), A Girl in […]

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  • Cast

  • Emma Diaz
    Deirdre
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    Emma Diaz is an actor and producer based in Sydney. A graduate of WAAPA Acting, her theatre credits include Blessed Union (Belvoir), The Great Divide (Ensemble), On The Beach (Sydney Theatre Company), The Crucible (Sport for Jove), Hamlet (Bell Shakespeare), Nautilus (Monkey Baa Theatre Company), and Hitler’s Daughter (Monkey Baa Theatre Company). Emma’s notable TV/film […]

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  • Raj Labade
    Jimmy
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    Raj Labade will star as ‘Sebastian’ in the highly anticipated Amazon Prime series, The Office: Australia. In 2023, Raj worked in the STC/State Theatre production Dictionary of Lost Words, and Griffin Theatre production Sex Magick, as well as the SBS series Appetite. In 2022, Raj starred in the Belvoir production Tell Me I’m Here, the […]

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  • Mabel Li
    Niamh
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    Mabel Li is a 2019 graduate from NIDA’s BFA Acting course. Their theatre credits include Miss Peony (Belvoir Mainstage), Never Closer (Downstairs Belvoir), The Seagull (Sydney Theatre Company), Delilah by the Hour (Brand X), Goldilocks (NIDA), Pool (no water) (NIDA), Ah, Tuzenbach: A Melancholic Cabaret (NIDA), and D.N.A (Seymour Theatre). Mabel made her television debut […]

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  • Philip Lynch
    Harry
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    Philip is excited for his debut on the Belvoir mainstage, after performing in the 25A season of Never Closer. He graduated NIDA in 2021, and performed in various works including Metamorphosis (dir. Ben Schostakowski) and Mr Burns: A Post Electric Play (dir. Alexander Berlage). His theatre credits since include; for Red Line Productions at the […]

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  • Ariadne Sgouros
    Mary
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    Ariadne Sgouros graduated from NIDA in 2017 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting.Most recently Ariadne has been on stage in Belvoir’s production of Scenes from the Climate Era,Never Closer (Belvoir 25a) and in Shitty (Belvoir 25a).During her time at NIDA, Ariadne performed in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Eurydike and Orpheus,and The Show That […]

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  • Adam Sollis
    Conor
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    Born and bred a stone’s throw from Fremantle, Adam received his high school education at John Curtin College of the Arts before being accepted into the prestigious Acting program at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Adam’s theatre credits include Tonsils and Tweezers (Black Swan State Theatre Company) written and directed by Will O’Mahony, […]

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  • Creatives

  • Phoebe Pilcher
    Lighting Designer
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    Phoebe Pilcher is lighting designer with an interest in new work and collaborative processes. Phoebe is a graduate from WAAPA (Production and Design) and NIDA (MFA Design for Performance). Recent credits include: The Italians (Belvoir 25A), Never Closer (Belvoir 25A) A Streetcar Named Desire (Redline Productions at the Old Fitz), La Cage Aux Folles (State […]

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  • Grace Deacon
    Set Designer
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    Grace is a production and costume designer working across stage, film and screen. Grace’s practice is based heavily on creative collaboration and exploration, with a love of developing new works. Grace’s recent design credits include:  AN OX STOOF ON MY TOUNGE (25A BELVOIR), NEVER CLOSER (25A BELVOIR), THE ITALIANS (25A BELVOIR), WHO’S AFRAID (25A BELVOIR), […]

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  • Keerthi Subramanyam
    Costume Designer
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    Keerthi is a Sydney based set and costume designer for live performance and film. Keerthi is a National Institute of Dramatic Art, BFA (Design for Performance, 2019) graduate, and a member of the Australian Production Design Guild. Keerthi has designed set and costumes for Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner, Chewing Gum […]

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  • Alyx Dennison
    Sound Designer and Composer
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    Alyx Dennison is a singer, composer and sound designer living and working on Gadigal Land. She is a fierce advocate for equality in education and the arts, with a particular interest in work which illuminates (and works to dissolve) systems of class, power and hierarchy. She cut her teeth on experimental pop duo kyü, who toured […]

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  • Nigel Poulton
    Fight and Intimacy Director
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    Nigel is an award-winning movement director, fight and intimacy coordinator, SAG-AFTRA/MEAA stunt performer and actor, with over 25 years of professional experience. Selected theatre credits include: for Belvoir St Theatre, The Master and Margarita, Miss Peony, Packer and Sons, Things I Know To Be True, Stop Girl, Blessed Union, At What Cost?, The Jungle and […]

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  • Laura Farrell
    Vocal Coach
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    Laura Farrell (she/her) is a Voice and Dialect Coach living and working on Gadigal land. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Voice from NIDA; a Post Graduate Diploma in Voice from the Victorian College of the Arts; and a Bachelor of Music Theatre from the Victorian College of the Arts. A current lecturer […]

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  • Luke McGettigan
    Stage Manager
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    Luke is Belvoir’s Resident Stage Manager. For Belvoir, he has stage managed Holding the Man, Master and Margarita, The Weekend, Scenes from the Climate Era, Blessed Union, The Jungle and the Sea, Tell Me I’m Here, Opening Night, The Boomkak Panto, Stop Girl, My Brilliant Career, A Room of One’s Own, Packer & Sons, Things […]

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  • Darcy Catto-Pitkin
    Assistant Stage Manager
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    Darcy is an Australian creative based in Wollongong. His work in the theatre industry usually takes the form of stage management. They have an interest in lighting design and a passion for technical theatre. Darcy is also a member of the newly formed art collective Thoroughfare, who have recently debuted their first show ‘One Canvas’ […]

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  • Maddison Craven
    Assistant Stage Manager
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    Maddie (she/her) is an emerging Sydney based stage manager who has just completed her final year at NIDA for her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Technical Theatre and Stage Management. After completing a secondment last year with the Stage Management team on Belvoir’s ‘At What Cost?’ Maddie is excited to be back at Belvoir this […]

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Information
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    Recommended for Years 10 – 12

    Curriculum Links

    Drama
    Stage 5
    • Appreciating
      (Outcomes 5.3.1, 5.3.2)
    Stage 6
    Preliminary
    • Element of Production in Performance 
    • Theatrical Traditions and Performance Styles 
    HSC
    • Individual Project: Scriptwriting 
    • Australian Drama and Theatre: Contemporary Australian Theatre Practice (related text) 
    English
    Stage 5
    • Viewing, Responding (Drama text)
    Stage 6
    Preliminary
    • Narratives that Shape our World (Advanced) (Module A)
    HSC
    • The Craft of Writing (Standard/Advanced) (Module C)

    Schools Performances

    All schools performances are followed by a Q&A session with the cast.
    • Wed, 12 Jun 2024 11:30am

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