By Matthew Whittet Director Anthea Williams

  • Venue Downstairs Theatre
  • Dates 7 June – 15 July 2012

Daniel wakes up. Something is missing. The phone is not working, and the kids’ toys are not in their usual spot under the television. In fact, his wife and children seem to have disappeared.

Old Man is Matt Whittet’s extraordinary play about fathers and sons, love and loss, kindness and Newtown. It is a beautiful and shockingly simple tale in two parts, which asks if it is possible to wake up one day and make good-enough better.

Anthea Williams is an exciting young director who has been forging a career at the Bush Theatre in London.

You might know Matt’s touch of theatre magic from his performance as nine-year-old Thomas in The Book of Everything. Well, he writes just as wonderfully. His play Silver won the 2010 Parsons Award. He has a mad talent for being totally honest in the most unexpected ways, and it is on full display in this gentle, discomforting play about adults growing up.


Writer Matthew Whittet
Director Anthea Williams
Set & Costume Designer Mel Page
Lighting Designer Hartley T A Kemp
Composer & Sound Designer Stefan Gregory
Assistant Director Nescha Jelk
Stage Manager Drew Cipollone


Alison Bell
Madeleine Benson
Peter Carroll
Leon Ford
Gillian Jones
Mitzi Ruhlmann
Tom Usher
Zac Ynfante

Rehearsal images by Heidrun Lohr
Production images by Heidrun Lohr

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