• 12 Nov – 18 Dec 22 Upstairs Theatre


Written and directed by S. Shakthidharan & Eamon Flack

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

ගණ වන මුහුද

From the multi-award winning team behind Counting and Cracking comes The Jungle and the Sea.

A mother in a time of war. She loses members of her family, one after the other – but she never loses hope. A rich, sweeping new play that leans on two great pillars of literature – Antigone and the Mahābhārata – to forge a new story about surviving loss, discovering love and building a path to justice.

“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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  • 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


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


~ 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.


  • 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 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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  • Sujan Selvan
    Community Engagement Coordinator

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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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