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Carpet and Sand / 100 Reasons for War

30 May - 16 June

Calamity Practice presents

Carpet and Sand by Robert Reid / 100 Reasons for War by Tom Holloway

30 May – 16 June 2024

Carpet and Sand single tickets 100 Reasons for War single tickets Double bill tickets


30 May – 16 June 2024

Carpet and Sand – 7:30pm Thursday 30 May
100 Reasons for War – 7:30pm Friday 31 May
opening night: 
Carpet and Sand – 6pm, Saturday 1 June
100 Reasons for War – 8pm, Saturday 1 June
Carpet and Sand – 90 minutes
100 Reasons for War – 90 minutes
Carpet and Sand: 7:30pm Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6pm Saturdays, 4pm Sundays
100 Reasons for War: 7:30pm Wednesdays and Fridays, 8pm Saturdays, 6pm Sundays

ticket price: $35 – $79
bookings: 03 9662 9966

warnings: References to mental illness, descriptions of war, sexual themes, and simulated sexual acts.

Two plays, one cast… a gorilla and a dozen or so sheep.

Carpet and Sand is a pastiche of narrative threads. Peter Brook and a troupe of actors travel through the Sahara Desert in search of a new type of theatre. Tens of thousands of sheep spontaneously panic and stampede across Oxfordshire. A flock of birds gather for a conference. The play asks: who do we follow and why?

100 Reasons for War is a series of vignettes exploring the very nature of war and humanity. A play about the power of language, the birth of public relations, the difference between a society of baboons and a society of bonobos, and ultimately, why we’ve had so many wars since the “Great War”. Written in 2015, 100 Reasons for War is a funny, provocative, and cautionary response to the 100-year anniversary of Gallipoli.

Review for 100 Reasons for War directed by Bob Pavlich from a short season at La Mama in 2017: “…most impressive and completely engaging” – Suzanne Sandow, Stage Whispers

Image by Simon McCulloch

Carpet and Sand writer: Robert Reid

100 Reasons for War (War, what is it good for?) writer: Tom Holloway

Director: Bob Pavlich

Cast: AYA, Ciline Ajobong, Clarisse Bonello, Finn McGrath, Lucy Rees, Mark Yeates, Tilly Legge, and Walt Dyson

Lighting Designer: Tim Bonser

Dramaturg: Lucy Rees

Producers: Helen Mayers

Stage Manager: Audrey Page

Ticket Prices:

Preview: $35
Single show full:
Single show concession: $39
Single show group 6+: $39
Double bill full: $79
Double bill concession: $59
Double bill group 6+: $59


Pensioners/Full-time students/MEAA members

Ticket sales are subject to a booking fee of $2.00 per ticket plus any merchant charges for payments by American Express


30 May
16 June
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fortyfivedownstairs theatre
45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000, Victoria 3000 Australia
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