A displaced persons camp that’s become a town. Sami’s lived here so long he can barely remember his real home. He’s a bit of a dreamer, a bit of a clown. One night he wakes up at the end of his tether. There’s gotta be more to life than this. He stakes his dignity on learning the tuba, little knowing he’s set out on a path that will lead him to attending his own funeral… 

Sami in Paradise is a fresh new version of Nikolai Erdman’s classic 1928 comedy The Suicide, transplanted from the obliterating regime of Stalin’s Russia to the obliterating regime of living stateless in the world today.

A play full of slapstick, exuberance, and the zing of being alive – if Hamlet were a clown in a refugee camp, this is what you’d get.

Supported by the Nelson Meers Foundation


Paula Arundell
Fayssal Bazzi
Nancy Denis
Charlie Garber
Marta Kaczmarek
Yalin Ozucelik
Hazem Shammas
Vaishnavi Suryaprakash


Director Eamon Flack
Set & Costume Designer Dale Ferguson
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
Composer & Sound Designer Jethro Woodward
Stage Manager Luke McGettigan
Assistant Stage Manager Brooke Kiss

Performance Times

Tuesday & Wednesday 6.30pm
Thursday & Friday 8pm
Saturday 2pm & 8pm
Sunday 5pm

Previews (bookable)
6.30pm, 1 April
8pm, 3 April
8pm, 4 April

Opening Night (invitation only)
8pm, 5 April

Unwaged Performance
2pm, 26 April

Audio-described Performance
2pm, 28 April

Belvoir Briefing
6.30pm, 22 March


Book a subscription to secure tickets to Sami in Paradise and save up to 31% on the single ticket prices below.

Single tickets will go on sale in 2018. 

Full Price $72
Subscriber Discount Rate $67
Seniors*/Industry**/Groups (10 or more) $62
Concession† $49
30-Down# $47
Previews $40
Student Saver# $37

* Seniors prices are available with an Australian Government-issued Seniors Card. Groups (10+) tickets available at same price.
† Concession prices are available with a full-time Australian student card, all Centrelink Pensioner concession cards and Veteran Affairs’ cards, and to Industry members of Actors Equity (MEAA), AACTA, ASMA, ASDA, ARDA, AFTT, Australian Academy of Dramatic Arts, Actors Centre, Performance Space, Australian Writers’ Guild, Artshub and the NSW Writers’ Centre.
# 30-Down and Student Saver prices are available for Previews, Wednesday evening, Thursday evening, Friday evening, Saturday matinee, Saturday evening. 

Full ticket terms and conditions can be found on the Ticket Prices page.