TINY BEAUTIFUL
THINGS

  • 1 Feb – 2 Mar 24 Upstairs Theatre
  • 1 hour 35 minutes (no interval)

TINY BEAUTIFUL
THINGS

Based on the book by Cheryl Strayed
Adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos
Co-Conceived by Marshall Heyman,
Thomas Kail,
and Nia Vardalos
Directed by Lee Lewis

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 1 Feb – 2 Mar 24
  • Duration 1 hour 35 minutes (no interval)
  • Content warning

    This production contains coarse language, dead blackouts and letters sent by real people seeking guidance on all matters of life including complex conversations around life, death, and love.

    Included are mature themes and references to abusive and sexual situations. Nothing is depicted or reenacted, only discussed from the perspective of giving advice to heal.

    If you would like a list of the adult topics and themes discussed in the performance, please call 02 9699 3444 or email [email protected]

  • Produced by
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  • Presented in association with
    • Trish Wadley Productions

A tiny, beautiful, and life-affirming play based on the book by Cheryl Strayed.

Cheryl Strayed is many things; mother, daughter, writer, ex-heroin user and, to make ends meet, an online advice columnist called Sugar.

In the chaos of home, she receives emails from strangers needing help navigating the contradictions of life. Sugar replies with candour, offering her own tough, sweet brand of unadulterated advice which offers healing – and maybe even a few little revolutions. What would you tell someone who is unsure about role-playing as a sexy Santa? Or wants their parents to stop putting each other down? Or the father who feels as dead as his lost son?

Academy Award-nominee, Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) adapted Strayed’s bestseller into a play for New York’s great Public Theater – the result is as revealing and life-affirming as the real stories it tells.

Tiny Beautiful Things has been on our to-do list for some time, and when I saw Queensland Theatre’s bright, clever production I knew it would beautifully fit into our 2024 season. It makes you laugh, it’s wise, it’s not afraid to be vulnerable, and it has Mandy McElhinney (Cinderella, Forget Me Not) as Sugar. Like our much-enjoyed Every Brilliant Thing in 2019, this one will have you walking out onto Belvoir St freshly persuaded this world’s got a few things going for it. – Eamon

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Performance Times

PRICES

  • Full Price (Adult)^ $74 – $95
  • Mates Rates (Adult)^ $69 – $85
  • Senior* $64 – $85
  • Concession $54 – $75
  • 30-Down# $52 – $67
  • Previews $55 – $60
  • Student Saver $39 – $54

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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.

TEAM

  • Cheryl Strayed
    Original Author
  • Nia Vardalos
    Adapter & Co-Conceiver
  • Marshall Heyman
    Co-Conceiver
  • Thomas Kail
    Co-Conceiver
  • Lee Lewis
    Director
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    Lee is the Artistic Director of Queensland Theatre Company and one of Australia’s leading Directors. For Belvoir she has directed That Face, This Heaven, Half and Half, A Number, 7 Blowjobs, Ladybird. Her other theatre credits include don’t ask what the bird look like, Tiny Beautiful Things,Family Values,First Casualty, Bernhardt/Hamlet, Return to the Dirt, Prima […]

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  • Cast

  • Stephen Geronimos
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    Theatre: Queensland Theatre: Tiny Beautiful Things, Diving for Pearls (Playclub); Belloo Creative: Boy, Lost; PIP Theatre: The Boys; Metro Arts: Anatomy of a Suicide; La Boite: Angel Gear; QUT: The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Three Sisters, The Crucible, Edward II, As You Like It, What It Feels Like; Ausdance: Qinkan; Kooemba Jdarra: The Mack. Film: The Beehive, The Queen & I, Scrub. Training: Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting), […]

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  • Mandy McElhinney
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    Mandy is one of Australia’s most beloved actresses, having been seen most recently in popular seriesWakefield. Mandy’s numerous other television credits include The Exhibitionists, Love Child, BadMothers, Squinters, House of Hancock, Hyde & Seek, Paper Giants, Comedy Inc, Bed Of Roses, andMDA. Mandy’s feature film credits including Ned Kelly and The Bank.Mandy’s stage credits include: […]

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  • Nic Prior
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    Belvoir St Theatre: Debut. Other credits: Queensland Theatre: Tiny Beautiful Things; Dead Puppet Society: Holding Achilles; Gob Squad: Creation (Pictures for Dorian); CalArts: Oedipus, Antigone, Hamlet, Our Iliad, And Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens; Fleshmarket Co: Well That’s Oz, You Are Frogs. Television:  In Our Blood. Training: Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting), […]

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  • Angela Nica Sullen
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    Angela can be seen as series regular, Robbie, in the ABC television series, MOTHER AND SON, opposite Matt Okine and Denise Scott. Last year she starred as recurring guest star, Sarah Baker, in NBC’s LA BREA. She is an actor that has equal success across stage and screen having starred in Griffin Theatre’s ORANGE THROWER, […]

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  • Creatives

  • Daniel Evans
    Transfer Director
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    Daniel Evans is an award-winning writer, director and producer who has worked internationally in theatre, festivals, print and television. He currently lives in Meanjin and works on the lands of the Turrbal and Jagera people as Artistic Associate for Queensland Theatre. In 2023 he won a Matilda Award for Best Director for his work on […]

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  • Simone Romaniuk
    Set and Costume Designer
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    Simone Romaniuk is a live performance designer for theatre, opera and festivals. Theatre set and costume designs include: for Brisbane Festival/Sydney Festival: Bananaland; for Queensland Theatre: The Almighty Sometimes, Bernhardt/Hamlet, Macbeth, Elizabeth: Almost by Chance a Woman, Venus in Fur, Bombshells, Kelly, Head Full of Love, Fractions, The Little Dog Laughed, Australia Day, The Pitch, […]

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  • Bernie Tan-Hayes
    Lighting Designer
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    Bernie Has and long and distinguished career in Theatre and Architectural lighting design and is grateful to be returning to the Queensland Theatre stage after recently repatriating to Queensland. For Queensland Theatre, God of Carnage. Other Credits: Opera Queensland: The Marriage of Figaro, The Human Voice, The Call, Festival of Outback Opera Griffin Theatre Company: […]

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  • Brady Watkins
    Composer and Sound Designer
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    Queensland Theatre: The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race, Tiny Beautiful Things, First Casualty, A Dream Play, Othello, Bernhardt/Hamlet, Metamorphoses, Moth, Wisdom, The Trial. Other Credits: Offside Theatre Company: Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes; La Boite: The Last Five Years, Away, Bigger and Blacker, The Neighbourhood; Dead Puppet Society: SWARM, The Wider Earth (2022 National Tour); THAT Production Company: Sea Wall; Refraction […]

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  • Maddison Penglis
    Stage Manager
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    Queensland Theatre: Tiny Beautiful Things. Other Credits: As Stage Manager: Woodward Productions: The Mystery of the Valkyrie; shake & stir theatre co: Animal Farm (2021 National Tour), QLD Youth Shakespeare Festival (2020); The Naughty Corner Collective: Maze; Brisbane Powerhouse; QPAC. As Assistant Stage Manager: shake & stir theatre co: Fantastic Mr Fox (2019-2024), Frankenstein, Tae Tae […]

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  • Christopher Starnawski
    Assistant Stage Manager
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    Christopher Starnawski graduated Sydney University, having studied a B.Music & B.Arts, with apassion for Stage Management & Photography. Recent notable shows include Amadeus (Red LineProductions & Sydney Opera House); The Lovers (Bell Shakespeare); Losing It (Megan Bennetts); LaTraviata (Opera Australia); Macbeth (Sport For Jove); Jekyll & Hyde (Hayes Theatre); The 7 DeadlySins & Mahagonny Songspiel, […]

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Information
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    TERM ONE

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    CONTEMPORARY THEATRICAL CONVENTIONS

    Recommended for Years 11 – 12

    Curriculum Links

    Drama (Stage 6)
    Preliminary
    • Improvisation, Playbuilding, Acting
    • Elements of Production in Performance 
    HSC
    • Group Performance (related performance style) 
    English (Stage 6)
    HSC
    • Texts and Human Experiences (Common Module) (related text)
    • The Craft of Writing (Module C) (related text)

    Schools Performances

    There are no dedicated Schools Performances for Tiny Beautiful Things. School groups are encouraged to attend a Thursday 1PM matinee for the schools performance price of $25 per ticket.

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