Winner of two 2012 Sydney Theatre Awards
Best Stage Design for a Mainstage Production 
(Claude Marcos)
Best Score or Sound Design for a Mainstage Production (Stefan Gregory)

Presented by Belvoir and Sydney Festival in association with Carriageworks. Originally created by THE HAYLOFT PROJECT.
A Malthouse Theatre commission.

It is the most infamous of all the ancients – the story of the deposed king whose sons were slaughtered and served to him by his brother in a feast.

The Hayloft Project stunned audiences with this brilliant re-imagining at Melbourne’s Malthouse Theatre in 2010. Their starting point: THESE MYTHS ARE REAL. The action of the show, much like our lives, takes place in the banalities and ordinarinesses between atrocities. Featuring three extraordinary performances, the result is truly groundbreaking – gentle, disturbing, funny, beautiful and chilling in 90 minutes. Sydney Festival and Belvoir head to Carriageworks with this dangerously smart excavation of our ancient urges towards love and destruction.


Thomas Henning
Chris Ryan
Mark Winter


Co-written by Thomas Henning, Chris Ryan, Simon Stone and Mark Winter after Seneca
Director Simon Stone
Set & Costume Designer Claude Marcos
Composer & Sound Designer Stefan Gregory
Lighting Designer Govin Ruben
Dramaturg Anne-Louise Sarks
Stage Manager Eva Tandy
Assistant Stage Manager Rebecca Poulter



…this is a sensationally gripping and entertaining outing.

Chris Hook | The Daily Telegraph

Simon Stone’s brave and bold reimagining of Seneca’s bloody tragedy Thyestes is thrilling and astounding. The production is a masterpiece of writing, a triumph of staging, and a sublime act of performance.

The Age

This is a shocking and engrossing – and superbly realised – work. But it’s not for the faint-hearted.

The Herald Sun

Thyestes is rock’n’roll theatre: confronting, transgressive, uncomfortably hilarious, obscene, horrifying and beautiful.

The Australian

A serious and brilliantly conceived reworking about one of the cruellest of Greek tragedies… A must-see – but don’t make any after-show dinner plans.

The Sunday Age