After years of research, and a lot of help from the community, Alana Valentine’s much-anticipated story of a little chapel in a back street of the Cross premieres at Belvoir. The Wayside Chapel under the Reverend Ted Noffs set itself up for those who might not find a place elsewhere to welcome them, and over the years has become a home and haven in a sometimes brutal town.
This play is about the quietly revolutionary act of marriage – sometimes in the face of fierce resistance from family, from society, from the church hierarchy. It’s the story of a space where those who didn’t quite fit in to the mainstream could have their walk down the aisle.
Moving, inspiring, Valentine’s play is about all of us – and a portrait of this city at its raffish, recalcitrant best.
You might remember a few years ago, back in BC times, we asked for stories of people who were married at the Wayside, and you responded with great enthusiasm and generosity. Now Alana’s put that mountain of material into a play of quiet heroism and heartache. In our inner Sydney haven we present a tribute to another Sydney haven. And see Light Shining in Buckinghamsire too – the experience of seeing two plays with the same cast will make each play all the more haunting and rich.
– Eamon Flack
Wayside Bride is presented as part of a repertory season (the same cast, on the same set, in alternating performances of two different plays) alongside Light Shining in Buckinghamshire.
A cast of 9 including
Writer Alana Valentine
Directors Eamon Flack and Hannah Goodwin
Costume Designer Ella Butler
Set Designer Michael Hankin
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
Musician Alyx Dennison
Stage Manager Cecilia Nelson
Assistant Stage Manager Erin Shaw
Sunday 17 October, 5pm
Wednesday 20 October, 6.30pm
Friday 22 October, 7.30pm
Saturday 23 October, 7.30pm
Sunday 24 October, 5pm
Wednesday 27 October, 6.30pm
Friday 29 October, 7.30pm
Saturday 30 October, 7.30pm
Tuesday 2 November, 6.30pm
Wednesday 3 November, 6.30pm
Friday 5 November, 7.30pm
Saturday 6 November, 2pm
Sunday 7 November, 5pm
Wednesday 10 November, 6.30pm
Thursday 11 November, 7.30pm
Saturday 13 November, 2pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 10 October, 6.30pm
Wednesday 13 October, 7.30pm
Friday 15 October, 7.30pm
Opening Night (Invitation Only)
Saturday 16 October, 7.30pm
Wednesday 10 November, 1pm
Mobile Captioned Performance
Saturday 13 November, 2pm
Wednesday 27 October, 11:30am
For the cheapest tickets subscribe to our 2021 season and add Wayside Bride, packages start at 3 plays for $122!
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|Full Price (adult)^||From $83||From $89||From $73||From $78||From $84||From $68|
|Mates Rates (Adult)||From $73||From $79||From $63||From $73||From $79||From $63|
|Senior*||From $73||From $79||From $63||From $68||From $74||From $58|
|Concession†||From $63||From $69||From $53||From $58||From $64||From $48|
|30-Down#||From $61||From $51||From $58||From $46|
|Previews||From $56||From $56||From $51||From $51|
|Student Saver#||From $48||From $38||From $43||From $33|
~ 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.
Tell us your story
Were you married at, or have a connection to a marriage at Wayside Chapel? Tell your story below and it will be sent to playwright Alana Valentine. Please attach photos of your wedding to give us a look at your big day!