By Brendan Cowell
Director Wayne Blair

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 27 May – 5 July 2009

    Ruben Guthrie is on fire. He’s 29, he’s the Creative Director of a cutting-edge advertising agency, he’s engaged to a Czech supermodel and Sydney is his oyster. He pours himself a drink to celebrate, a drink to work, a drink to sleep and one spectacular night he drinks so much he thinks he can fly.

    Ruben Guthrie is Brendan Cowell’s brutally honest comedy about work, family and excess. This is a special play which taps a deep vein of Australian life and asks, is it unAustralian to refuse a drink?

    Belvoir Associate Artist Wayne Blair directed Toby Schmitz as Ruben in the Downstairs Theatre in 2008. The show sold out before it even opened. The following year Brendan, Toby and Wayne – three of Australia’s finest young theatre artists – joined forces once again to create a shining new production for Belvoir in the Upstairs Theatre.

    Audiences took a good hard look at Sydney with this hilarious and moving act of revelation about spiralling high, crashing hard and being taken to AA by your mum.


    By Brendan Cowell
    Director Wayne Blair
    Set and Costume Designer Jacob Nash
    Lighting Designer Luiz Pampolha
    Composer & Sound Designer Steve Francis
    Assistant Director Sam Strong
    Stage Manager Nell Ranney
    Assistant Stage Manager Lydia Sarks


    Toby Schmitz
    Roy Billing
    Megan Drury
    Geoff Morrell
    Torquil Neilson
    Adrienne Pickering
    Toni Scanlan

    Production images by Heidrun Lohr


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