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OPENING NIGHT

OPENING
NIGHT

  • 26 Feb – 27 Mar 22 Upstairs Theatre

OPENING
NIGHT

Based on the screenplay by John Cassavetes
Directed and adapted by Carissa Licciardello

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 26 Feb – 27 Mar 22
  • Accessibility
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  • Content warning

    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.

    Content warnings will also be uploaded to each production page as they are advised.

    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.

  • Supported by
    • Oranges and Sardines Foundation

It’s the role of a lifetime. But she‘s losing her mind.

Myrtle Gordon’s been a star of the stage for years. She’s loved by audiences, acclaimed by critics. Now she’s been cast in the role of a lifetime, and opening night is rapidly approaching – but something’s not quite right.

The lines won’t stick, she can’t stay in character, reality and make-believe are starting to blur – and there’s a strange woman in her dressing room.

Is she a ghost? A hallucination? Another Myrtle, who’s climbed out from the mirror?

The cult classic 1977 film of what happens when a woman can’t play her role anymore, in a startling theatrical reimagining by Carissa Licciardello.

If you’ve seen the film you’ll know what a ride this story is. If you haven’t, you’re in for a treat. It’s scary, it’s unsettling, it’s dramatic, and it’s weirdly profound. From the minds behind last year’s A Room of One’s Own, one for the lovers of theatre. – Eamon

Performance Times

Weekly Times

  • tuesday 6:30pm

    Except 1 March at 7:30pm

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

    Except 27 February at 6:30pm, 27 March at 2pm

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PRICES

  • 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

SUBSCRIBE & SAVE!

With a 5-play subscription package starting from $252* plus a range of ticket types and concessions, there is a package to suit everyone!

*30-Down mid-week matinee

SUBSCRIBE

~ 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.

TEAM

  • John Cassavetes
    Original Screenplay
  • Carissa Licciardello
    Director & Adaptor

    Carissa graduated from NIDA’s MFA Directing Course in 2017. She was the inaugural Andrew Cameron Fellow at Belvoir in 2018-2019, supported by the Andrew Cameron Family Foundation. Credits include: for Belvoir – as Director, A Room of One’s Own; as Associate Director, Fangirls 2019; as Assistant Director, Counting & Cracking; Ghosts. For 25A Downstairs Belvoir: […]

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  • Cast

  • Caitlin Burley
    Nancy
  • Jing-Xuan Chan
    Kelly
  • Luke Mullins
    Manny
  • Toni Scanlan
    Sarah
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    Deborah was last at Belvoir in Company B’s Greek Tragedy. Other theatre credits include: Wicked Sisters (Griffin), Lady Tabouli (National Theatre Of Parramatta/Sydney Festival), Gods Of Strangers (State Theatre Company South Australia), The God Committee, Heartbreak Kid (Ensemble/tours), The Shearston Shift (Sydney Theatre Company/Australian People’s Theatre/tours), I’m With Her, The Mystery of Love & Sex (Darlinghurst Theatre Company)

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  • Leeanna Walsman
    Myrtle
  • Matthew Zeremes
    Marty
  • Creatives

  • David Fleischer
    Set Designer

    David is a designer working across Australia with leading theatre, dance and opera companies. Previous designs for Belvoir include: A Room of Ones Own, Fangirls and Hedda Gabler. Other theatre credits include: The Deep Blue Sea, Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, The Harp in the South, Saint Joan, Top Girls, Chimerica, Speed The Plow, The Golden Age, Children of The Sun, Travelling […]

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  • Mel Page
    Costume Designer
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    Deborah was last at Belvoir in Company B’s Greek Tragedy. Other theatre credits include: Wicked Sisters (Griffin), Lady Tabouli (National Theatre Of Parramatta/Sydney Festival), Gods Of Strangers (State Theatre Company South Australia), The God Committee, Heartbreak Kid (Ensemble/tours), The Shearston Shift (Sydney Theatre Company/Australian People’s Theatre/tours), I’m With Her, The Mystery of Love & Sex (Darlinghurst Theatre Company)

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  • Nick Schlieper
    Lighting Designer
  • Max Lyandvert
    Composer & Sound Designer
  • Hamed Sadeghi
    Associate Composer
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    Born 1983 in Iran, Hamed Sadeghi is a multi-instrumentalist and composer based in Sydney, Australia. He studied Persian classical music in Tehran and master of sound engineering in Malaysia before he moved to Australia in 2013. His recent highlights in theatre include scoring and performing in productions Sami in Paradise 2018 at Belvoir Sydney Theatre, […]

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  • Tim Dashwood
    Fight Director
  • Nicole Pingon
    Assistant Director
  • Luke McGettigan
    Stage Manager
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    Luke is Belvoir’s Resident Stage Manager. For Belvoir, he has stagemanaged My Brilliant Career, A Room of One’s Own, Packer & Sons, Things I Know To Be True, Counting and Cracking, The Dance of Death, A Taste of Honey, Sami in Paradise, Barbara and the Camp Dogs, Ghosts, TheRover, Mark Colvin’s Kidney, Faith Healer, Twelfth […]

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  • Holly Fernanda
    Assistant Stage Manager

Information
for schools

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    Recommended for Years 11 – 12

    TERM 1

    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.
    • Wed, 16 Mar 2022 11:30am

    Schools can also attend Thursday 1PM matinees for $24 or an evening performance from $45 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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