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BROKEN by Mary Anne Butler

15 November, 2018 - 25 November, 2018

Lab Kelpie presents

BROKEN by Mary Anne Butler

15 – 25 November 2018

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★★★★★ Theatre People

‘…a spectacular piece of Australian theatre.’ Theatre Press


15 – 25 November 2018

preview: Thursday 15 November
opening night: Friday 16 November
Auslan interpreted performance:
Sunday 18 November
duration: 50 minutes
Tuesday to Saturday 7:30pm
Sunday 5pm
ticket price: $30 – $39
bookings: 03 9662 9966

warnings: Contains strong language, adult themes, loud sounds and the use of haze.
Latecomers will not be admitted.

A car crash in the Central Desert. A broken man, about to leave his wife. A damaged woman, struggling to stay intact. Broken entwines the stories of three complex lives as they unfold on a single fateful night in the heart of the Northern Territory’s desert country.

Winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Drama, the Northern Territory Literary Award for Best Script and the Victorian Prize for Literature, Mary Anne Butler’s poetic, evocative play merges three complex lives to explore the idea of isolation; of each other, of place, of circumstance.

Poetic, visceral and extremely moving, this haunting story of resilience and survival takes you into the heart of its characters and the Australian landscape, offering up a devastatingly fresh look at our national identity.

Wrestling with matters of chance, choice, hope and fate, it poses the question: When you find yourself empty, how do you start again?

This Victorian premiere will feature Lyall BrooksSophie Ross and Naomi Rukavina under the direction of Susie Dee.


‘This is exquisite writing. It’s immediate. It’s lean. It’s poetic. It’s visceral. It takes you right into the heart of the experiences it describes’ Andrew Bovell Playwright



Broken is supported by both the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.


Director: Susie Dee  

Cast: Lyall Brooks, Sophie Ross & Naomi Rukavina

Designer: Marg Horwell

Lighting: Andy Turner

Composition & Sound Design: Ian Moorhead

Assistant Director: Julian Dibley-Hall

Production & Stage Manager: Cassandra Fumi

Producer: Adam Fawcett

Ticket Prices:

Preview: $30
Concession: $34
Group 6+: $34


Pensioners/Full-time students/MEAA members




15 November, 2018
25 November, 2018
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45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000, Victoria 3000 Australia
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