Counting & Cracking

Support us to tell this ground-breaking Sri Lankan Australian story

In 2019, Belvoir will launch its most ambitious work in over 20 years. Working with the Western Sydney based company, Co-Curious, we will present Counting and Cracking as part of the Sydney and Adelaide international arts festivals. This large-scale, rambunctious work centres on global themes of family, place and belonging, through the lens of the Sri Lankan diaspora.

No other company has attempted to create a work of such scale about the changing identity of Australia. For 34 years, Belvoir has been a leader in creating new forms of theatrical expression that is diverse, passionate and thought provoking – Counting and Cracking will change people’s perceptions of Australian theatre.

“Personally, it has become a work that has opened me up to the truth about my own family history, and allowed my Amma, my mother, to heal and reconcile with her homeland. Through the development of this work, I have seen the play have a similar effect on the community involved thus far – it heals and strengthens their relationship with Australia and their homeland. I am confident it will have the same effect for many in our audience. This play is a unique opportunity for our community to come together, reconcile and celebrate our identity in a safe space, at an important moment in our history.”

–S. Shakthidharan


This kind of play does not usually find its way into the Australian spotlight. This will be the first major theatrical work ever presented in this country about Australia as an immigrant nation, and the first time a work of such scale has been created that addresses the changing identity of Australia.

Australia is a country built on a history of migration – but we do not celebrate that story on our stages. Counting and Cracking is a chance to change that.

A chance to finally make our mainstage a place where everyone is welcome and celebrated, with authenticity, honesty and grandness.

This is a rare opportunity to redefine what an Australian story can be. It’s a chance to open the door to a new type of Australian theatre in the future.

What we hope to achieve

  • To produce a unique moment in Australian theatre history – a large-scale, epic work that is centred on the Australian migrant story.
  • To identify and nurture a new generation of culturally diverse talent and build professional pathways by being part of a once-in-a-generation opportunity.
  • Along with Belvoir’s audience, to bring together South Asian and migrant audiences.
  • To prove that new stories of such ambition and scale can be told.

Your Support

This project will take a community to realise its full potential – we are seeking donations big and small to create this brave, honest and real work.

This work has the potential to make a landmark contribution to Australian theatre, develop new and diverse Australian audiences, and to generate legacy by expanding our sense of what an Australian story can be.  We invite you to join us on this journey.

Belvoir has established a Producers’ Syndicate of visionary individuals who will join together to support at a higher level – if you are interested in supporting this project with a donation of $5,000 and above please contact Joanna Maunder, Philanthropy Manager directly on [email protected]


For more information please contact:

Development Team
Joanna Maunder
Philanthropy Manager
[email protected]
(02) 9698 3344