TELL ME I’M HERE

TELL ME
I’M HERE

  • 20 Aug – 25 Sep 22 Upstairs Theatre

TELL ME
I’M HERE

By Veronica Nadine Gleeson, based on the book by Anne Deveson
Directed by Leticia Cáceres

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 20 Aug – 25 Sep 22
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    • The Group

The life-changing memoir, now a breathtaking play.

Since its publication thirty years ago, Anne Deveson’s family memoir Tell Me I’m Here has become a classic. And now, in a superb adaptation, it comes to the Belvoir stage.

Anne’s life – the familiar juggle of marriage, career, emotions, chaos – is thrown off-balance when her son Jonathan begins speaking oddly, standing strangely, flashing into irrationality and rage. Is it just a phase, part of growing up? The years pass, and it’s clear, Anne’s son has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. But putting a name to it is one thing – getting attention, getting help is another. Even the strongest families, the most steadfast parents, buckle under such stress.

Heart-rending, exquisitely touching, a play which speaks things which normally aren’t spoken. A play about getting on with life, before it’s too late.

Many of you have read Anne’s unforgettable memoir of her son Jonathan. Veronica’s written a superb adaptation, a portrait of a family which knows joy and death intimately. Directed by the magnificent Leticia Cáceres (The Drover’s Wife, Barbara and the Camp Dogs), it’s going to be a highlight. – Eamon

Tell Me I’m Here is the proud recipient of the Blake Beckett Trust Award.

Performance Times

Weekly Times

  • tuesday 6:30pm

    Except 23 August at 7:30pm

  • wednesday 6:30pm
  • thursday 1pm & 7:30pm
  • friday 7:30pm
  • saturday 2pm & 7:30pm
  • sunday 5pm

    Except 21 August at 6:30pm, 25 September at 2pm

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PRICES

  • Full Price (Adult)^ $70 – $91
  • Mates Rates (Adult)^ $65 – $81
  • Senior* $60 – $81
  • Concession $50 – $71
  • 30-Down# $48 – $63
  • Previews $52 – $57
  • Student Saver $35 – $50

SUBSCRIBE & SAVE!

With a 3-play subscription package starting from $128* plus a range of ticket types and concessions, there is a package to suit everyone!

*30-Down mid-week matinee

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~ Bookings of 10+ full price adult tickets receive a $10 discount per ticket.
^ Tickets to Saturday and Sunday performances may have an added $5 surcharge.
* Seniors prices are available with an eligible Australian Government-issued Seniors Card.
† Concession prices are available with a full-time student card, Centrelink Pensioner concession card, Veterans’ Affairs cards, and to members of Actors Equity (MEAA), and ArtsHub, and HotHouse Theatre Subscribers.
# 30-Down and Student Saver prices are available for Previews, Tuesday evening, Wednesday evening, Thursday evening, Friday evening, and Saturday matinees.

To claim any concessions you must provide proof.

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

TEAM

  • Veronica Nadine Gleeson
    Adaptor
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    Tell Me I’m Here is Veronica’s first play for Belvoir Street Theatre. Other works for the stage include 360 Positions In a One Night Stand (Sydney Festival), Words and Pictures (Griffin Theatre Company) and All This Beautiful Life (The Production Company, New York). During a fifteen year hiatus from writing, Veronica worked as a creative […]

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  • Anne Deveson
    Original Author
  • Leticia Cáceres
    Director
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    Leticia is one of the most in-demand directors for new writing in Australia. Leticia won the Helpmann Award for Best Direction of a Mainstage production for The Drover’s Wife by Leah Purcell, for Belvoir in 2016, as well as Best Direction Sydney Theatre Awards. Leticia directed  the world premiere of Barbara and the Camp Dogs […]

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  • Cast

  • Tom Conroy
    Jonathan
  • Deborah Galanos
    Ensemble
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    For Belvoir, Deborah was seen in Stop Girl, and 25A’s Son of Byblos. Other theatre credits: Greek Tragedy (Belvoir Company B), Wicked Sisters (Griffin), Lady Tabouli (National Theatre Of Parramatta/Sydney Festival), Gods Of Strangers (State Theatre Company South Australia), The God Committee, Heartbreak Kid (Ensemble), I’m With Her, The Mystery of Love & Sex (Darlinghurst Theatre Company), Antigone (Sport For Jove), Metamorphoses (Apocalypse/Old Fitz), Unfinished Works, Homesick (Bontom/Seymour/505), Seagull (Secret House), Dropped (The Goods Theatre Company/Old Fitz), House of Ramon […]

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  • Nadine Garner
    Anne
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    One of Australia’s most respected actors, Nadine Garner’s career has spanned film, television and theatre for more than 30 years. Nadine has worked for many of Australia’s theatre companies performing both contemporary and classical pieces, Tell Me I’m Here will be her debut performance at Belvoir. Her theatre credits include; The Lifespan Of A Fact, […]

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  • Raj Labade
    Ensemble
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    Raj Labade was born in Sydney in 2000 and is of Indian-Anglo decent. He began acting at high school performing in various musicals, plays and comedy sketches. At the age of 17, he began his professional Career as ‘Lewis’ in the 2019 Australian feature film, “Back of The Net”. At 18, Raj was Accepted into […]

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  • Nathalie Morris
    Ensemble
  • Sean O’Shea
    Ensemble
  • Creatives

  • Stephen Curtis
    Set Designer
  • Veronique Benett
    Lighting Designer
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    Veronique is a lighting, set and costume designer.  In 2019, Veronique completed a Master of Fine Art (Design for Performance) majoring in lighting. She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Art (Technical Theatre and Stage Management) from NIDA. As a lighting designer, Veronique’s credits include: Wolves (Belvoir); Burn Witch Burn (Old Fitz); Happy Days (Red […]

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  • Steve Francis
    Composition and Sound Designer
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    Steve has worked extensively in theatre, dance and screen. His Belvoir credits include Cursed!, My Brilliant Career, Packer & Sons, Things I Know To Be True, Winyanboga Yurringa, Every Brilliant Thing, The Sugar House, The Book of Everything, The Power of Yes, Ruben Guthrie, Baghdad Wedding, and Capricornia. His other theatre credits include The Children, […]

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  • Alyx Dennison
    Composition and Sound Designer
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    Alyx Dennison is a singer, composer and sound designer living and working on Gadigal Land. She is a fierce advocate for equality in education and the arts, with a particular interest in work which illuminates (and works to dissolve) systems of class, power and hierarchy. She cut her teeth on experimental pop duo kyü, who toured […]

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  • Ella Butler
    Costume Designer
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    Ella is a set and costume designer for theatre, film and live performance. Her appreciation and love for design is expressed through a belief in the innate memory, rich history and meaning in space, objects and dress.  In a Design role, Ella’s theatre credits include: for Belvoir Wayside Bride and Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, 25A’s Shepherd, […]

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  • Charmene Yap
    Choreographer and Assistant Director
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    Charmene is an award-winning dancer, choreographer, rehearsal director and dance educator. She graduated from WAAPA and has trained at Purchase College in New York. She has danced for Chunky Move, Tasdance, Dancenorth and Lucy Guerin Inc. and performed with Sydney Dance Company for ten years, where she is now the Rehearsal Associate. Her stage works […]

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  • Claudia Osborne
    Assistant Director
  • Luke McGettigan
    Stage Manager
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    Luke is Belvoir’s Resident Stage Manager. For Belvoir, he has stage managed Stop Girl, My Brilliant Career, A Room of One’s Own, Packer & Sons, Things I Know To Be True, Counting and Cracking, The Dance of Death, A Taste of Honey, Sami in Paradise, Barbara and the Camp Dogs, Ghosts, TheRover, Mark Colvin’s Kidney, […]

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  • Holly Fernanda
    Assistant Stage Manager
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    Originally from Sydney, Holly entered the arts industry as a young performer and was introduced to stage management while completing her Certificate III in Live Production (2017–18), igniting a keen interest in theatre, film, television, and event work. While studying at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), Holly’s credits include Stage Manager for ‘Earthquakes […]

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AWARDS & ACCOLADES

2022
Blake Beckett Trust Award – Veronica Nadine Gleeson

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    Schools Performances are held on Wednesdays throughout the school year at Belvoir St Theatre in Surry Hills. All Schools Performances are followed by a Q&A session with the cast.
    • Wed, 14 Sep 2022 11:30am

    Schools can also attend Thursday 1PM matinees for $24 or an evening performance from $45 per student.

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