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
Arkia Ashraf
Marco Chiappi
Sacha Horler
Rebecca Massey
Brandon McClelland
Angeline Penrith


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

Performance Times

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

Unwaged Performance
Wednesday 10 November, 1pm

Mobile Captioned Performance
Saturday 13 November, 2pm

Schools Performance
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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Weekend Evenings Weekday Matinee Weekday Evenings
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Weekend Evenings Weekday Matinee
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.


Wayside Bride was commissioned and developed by Belvoir with the assistance of Wayside Chapel, the Noffs Foundation, the City of Sydney and Griffin Theatre Company.


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!

    Full Name*

    Date of Wedding


    Contact Phone Number*


    Postal Address*

    I am willing to be interviewed by the Playwright.

    Terms and Conditions: Participants understand that by uploading material to this website they grant permission for the material (story and photos only) to be published on the site, archived for future reference and/or used by the writer in any publication that results from the research. Participants also agree that all material used in the final production will be at the discretion of the writer. Because the stage play can’t include everyone’s story we are working to find a way for an online gallery to be presented. If a follow up interview is sought, participants will be asked to sign a specific release form allowing the writer to present their story in greater detail.

    I agree to the conditions stated above

    Tell us your wedding story here (500 word limit):

    If you would would like to upload any images or documents you can do so below:

    Running Time and Content Warnings

    Approximate running times of each production are uploaded to the production page as soon as that information becomes available. During the rehearsal period running times are liable to change given the extensive workshopping and development each production undergoes before it reaches the stage.

    Content warnings will also be uploaded to each production page as they are advised.

    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.

    COVID Updates

    Audiences for Wayside Bride will be seated at up to 100% capacity. Performances are not socially-distanced and you will likely be seated next to other patrons, if you have any concerns please contact our box office. Masks are strongly recommended for all guests.

    Belvoir will continue to follow the NSW Government’s COVID-19 advice and requirements to keep you safe.

    Find out more about your COVID-safe trip to Belvoir.