About

Tommy writes real life like no one else – robust and brilliant, complex dramatic portraits, a pitch-perfect sense of the public interest in the private life. In other words, no one is better suited to write about the Packer line. This is about power in Sydney, and fathers and sons across generations, and the childhood traumas that drive us forward.

From humble beginnings, the myth of the Packer dynasty grows in step with their increasing influence, as each son feels the weight of time, of power. Newspapers, magazines, broadcast TV – what are they? How does each generation keep the empire one step ahead of the technological race, declare himself free of the shadow of his father and build a lasting legacy.

A deeply researched, muscular work, Packer & Sons puts on stage the men who have loomed large over Sydney for nearly a century, following the transitions of power from father to son over three generations.

Supported by Australian Writers’ Guild’s David Williamson Prize, The Copyright Agency Cultural Fund, and the Walking Up the Hill Foundation.

Cast

Team

Set and Costume Designer Romanie Harper
Lighting Designer Nick Schlieper
Composer Alan John
Sound Designer David Bergman & Steve Francis
Movement and Fight Director Nigel Poulton
Assistant Director Hannah Goodwin
Stage Manager Luke McGettigan
Assistant Stage Manager Jen Parsonage

Performance Times

16 November – 22 December 2019
Tuesday 6.30pm
Wednesday 6.30pm
Thursday 1pm & 7.30pm
Friday 7.30pm
Saturday 2pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 5pm

Previews
7.30pm, 16 November
6.30pm, 17 November
7.30pm, 19 November

Opening Night (invitation only)
7.30pm, 20 November

Post-show Q&A
26 November, directly following the performance

Thursday Matinee
1pm, 28 November
1pm, 12 & 19 December

Unwaged Performance
1pm, 5 December

Belvoir Briefing
6,30pm, 7 November

Running Time
2 hours 30 minutes (including interval)

Prices

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Centre Left/Right
Weekday + Sat Mat Weekend Evenings Weekday Matinee Weekday + Sat Mat Weekend Evenings Weekday Matinee
Full Price (adult)^ $80 – $92 $85 – $97 $70 – $82 $75 – $87 $80 – $92 $65 – $77
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Previews $54 $54 $49 $49
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Sponsors

Running Time and Content Warnings

Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes (including interval).

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

Should you wish to speak 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.

Podcast

Playwright Tommy Murphy, director Eamon Flack, set and costume designer Romanie Harper, and Belvoir’s Head of New Work, Louise Gough discuss the cyclical patriarchal brutality of Packer & Sons; a play which charts the transitions of power in one of Australia’s most powerful families over three generations. Podcast produced for Belvoir by Zoe Ferguson.