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.


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


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 gives a brilliant virtuoso performance as Ruben Guthrie.

The Australian

By general agreement, the leading light among stage writers of his generation.

The Sun Herald