By Julia-Rose Lewis
Director Kristine Landon-Smith

  • Venue Downstairs Theatre
  • Dates 7 May – 31 May

    A co-production with La Boite Theatre Company 

    This is Julia-Rose Lewis’ first play and she has made something wondrous. On the one hand, Samson is an Australian coming-of-age story set in a country town. On the other hand, it is a completely disarming hodgepodge of unexpectedness and originality, of metaphysics and silliness, of religious faith and topless sunbathing.

    Essie, Beth, Sid and Rabbit are growing up at the arse end of the arse end of the world. Boredom, decay and violence plague their lives. And grief, for the death of a friend. Grappling with their own existence and grasping hopelessly at the future, they find themselves imagining heaven and dreaming of hell.

    Samson fizzes with truth; it is brutal yet gentle, funny yet sad, young yet old. At its heart is the startling idea that the death of someone important can be the start of something excellent.

    Ashleigh Cummings (Puberty Blues, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries) makes her Belvoir debut in this gem about discovering beauty in unlikely places.


    By Julia-Rose Lewis
    Director Kristine Landon-Smith
    Set & Costume Designer Michael Hili
    Lighting Designer Ben Hughes
    Composer & Sound Designer Kim Bowers
    Dramaturg Anthea Williams
    Fight Director Scott Witt
    Stage Manager Danielle Ironside
    Stage Management Secondment Lara Qualtrough


    Benjamin Creek
    Ashleigh Cummings
    Belinda Jombwe
    Charles Wu

    Production images by Lisa Tomasetti
    Rehearsal images by Emma Furno

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