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  • 12 Nov – 18 Dec 22 Upstairs Theatre


Written and directed by S. Shakthidharan & Eamon Flack, after Antigone and the Mahābhāratha

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 12 Nov – 18 Dec 22
  • Co-production with
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  • Supported by
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காடும் கடலும்

ගණ වන මුහුද

Ancient myths and very contemporary dilemmas, from the team who brought us Counting and Cracking.

A harmonious nation is torn apart by war. In the chaos, a mother loses her family, one after the other, until it seems she has nothing. But there is something she hasn’t lost – her hope blazes as a beacon through dark times.

A fascinating, detailed new play from the team which made the acclaimed Counting and Cracking, The Jungle and the Sea takes two great pillars of literature – one Eastern, one Western – to forge a contemporary story of beating a path to reconciliation. A play of justice, of perseverance, and inspiration.

Counting and Cracking was written in honour of those who tried to halt Sri Lanka’s descent into civil war. The Jungle and the Sea is written in honour of those who survived the war, and the ways they found to uphold their dignity even when everything else was falling down around them. – S. Shakthidharan

Performance Times

Weekly Times

  • tuesday 6:30pm

    Except 15 November at 7:30pm

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

    Except 13 November at 6:30pm, 18 December at 2pm

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With a 5-play subscription package starting from $252* plus a range of ticket types and concessions, there is a package to suit everyone!

*30-Down mid-week matinee

Single tickets go on sale for 2022 subscribers 2 May, and 9 May to the general public.



  • S. Shakthidharan
    Writer & Director
  • Eamon Flack
    Writer & Director
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    Belvoir’s Artistic Director. Eamon Flack finished his BA at the University of Queensland in 2000 and trained as an actor at WAAPA from 2001 to 2003. He has since worked as a director, writer, actor and dramaturg around Australia and internationally, from Milikapiti on the Tiwi Islands to London. For Belvoir, Eamon’s directing credits include […]

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  • A cast of 9

  • Anandavalli
  • Prakash Belawadi
  • Nadie Kammallaweera
  • Jacob Rajan
  • Kalieswari Srinivasan
  • Rajan Velu
  • Vaishnavi Suryaprakash
  • Creatives

  • Veronique Bennett
    Lighting Designer

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    Recommended for Years 10 – 12

    Curriculum Links

    • HSC Drama Individual Project
    • HSC English Language Identity and Culture
    • HSC English (Advanced) Textual Conversations
    • HSC English (EAL) Texts and Human Experiences
    • HSC English Extension 1 Literary homelands

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    Schools Performance Times

    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, 23 Nov 2022 11:30am

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

    What to expect

    Belvoir creates for a wide audience and our productions may contain mature content. Accurate information about productions including running times and content is available once rehearsals have begun.

    Contact Us

    For more information about our education programs, please get in touch.

    Education Manager Jane May
    Education Coordinator Stevie Bryant
    +61 (2) 8396 6241


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