• 12-28 Jan 24 Upstairs Theatre
  • 1 hour & 30 minutes (no interval)


Sydney Festival 2024

By Anita Heiss
Co-directed by Nadine McDonald-Dowd & Roxanne McDonald

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 12-28 Jan 24
  • Duration 1 hour & 30 minutes (no interval)
  • Content warning

    This production contains coarse language, sexual references, themes of pregnancy / infertility, grief and loss, marriage breakdown, depictions of abuse (alcohol / emotional), discussions with or containing offensive / derogatory language, and use of theatrical haze.

    Should you wish to speak to a member of staff regarding running times, content warnings or any other show related queries, our box office can be contacted on 02 9699 3444.

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The comedy smash of the Brisbane Festival, for a three-week Sydney season.

Five women, best friends for decades, meet once a month to talk about books, lovers, and the jagged bits of life in between. Dissecting each other’s lives seems the most natural thing in the world and honesty, no matter how brutal, is something they treasure. Best friends tell each other everything, don’t they?

But each woman carries a complex secret and one weekend, without warning, everything comes unstuck.

Anita Heiss’ own adaptation of her much-loved novel is paying a visit from its home town in Brisbane as part of Sydney Festival’s Blak Out program.

This play wears its heart on its sleeve, an upbeat start to the year. Plenty of laughs, but there are serious questions that come out of it – about reading and writing in black and white Australia, about whatever reconciliation is now, and about the truths, half-truths and outright lies we tell ourselves. – Eamon

Tiddas was commissioned and originally produced by La Boite Theatre, Brisbane Festival and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

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Performance Times

Weekly Times

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

    Except 14 Jan at 7:30pm & 28 Jan at 2pm

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  • Anita Heiss
  • Nadine McDonald-Dowd
  • Roxanne McDonald
  • Cast

  • Louise Brehmer
  • Lara Croydon
  • Sean Dow
    Richard, Asher, Spencer, Craig & Rory
  • Roxanne McDonald
    Grandma & Mum
  • Anna McMahon
  • Perry Mooney
  • Kaylah Truth
  • Creatives

  • Zoe Rouse
    Set & Costume Designer
  • Grace Deacon
    Associate Designer
  • Jason Glenwright
    Lighting Designer
  • Wil Hughes
    Sound Designer & Composer
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    Wil’s credits as a composer, songwriter and sound designer for theatre have ranged from contemporary ballet to musicals, and include Face to Face (Playlab); Arc, Still Life (Australasian Dance Collective); Tiddas, Single Asian Female, The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek, The Village, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Wind in the Willows (La Boite Theatre Company); […]

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  • Shona Erskine
    Performance Psychologist
  • Letetia Harris
    Song License
  • Mia Kanzaki
    Stage Manager
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    Mia Kanzaki is a Sydney based stage manager with a passion for diverse stories and inclusive practices in the arts. She is a recent graduate of WAAPA’s Bachelor of Performing Arts (Stage Management). Her credits include Blessed Union (Belvoir) and Assassins, Gloria and Cabaret (WAAPA).

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  • India Lively
    Assistant Stage Manager
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    India is an emerging Stage Manager and theatre technician currently studying at the National Institute of Dramatic Art. India feels extremely lucky to have done a placement on “Into the Woods” at Belvoir. India was also fortunate enough to be the Production Management Intern on Runaway Entertainment’s “Newsies” at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre in […]

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