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I rate it as her finest play to date… Savages isn’t just a remarkable piece of writing, it’s a powerful piece of theatre at every level.
Chris Boyd, The Australian

it is one of the best – if most unsettling – pieces of new writing for the stage going around”.
Andrew Fuhrmann, Australian Book Review online

…. fearless in raising uncomfortable questions… at the same time, the work is a fine and thoroughly entertaining piece of theatre
Liza Dezfouli, artsHub, 4.5 stars

…almost elegiac monologues of regret and reflection … a compelling portrait of fatally flawed masculinity
Tim Byrne, Time Out, 4 stars

Cornelius’ thoughtful and skilfully wrought script deals sensitively with the difficult subject of escalating male violence..
Kate Herbert, Herald Sun, 4 stars


The dark side of mateship

Multi award-winning playwright Patricia Cornelius has created a dynamic new Australian play – Savages – which takes a tough look at masculinity and misogyny amongst a pack of ordinary young men.

Premiering at fortyfivedownstairs, Savages is a cautionary tale about a group of men who don’t really know themselves or what they can become.

Directed by Susie Dee and featuring Mark Tregonning, Lyall Brooks, James O’Connell and Luke Elliot, the premiere of Savages is produced by leading Melbourne independent arts organisation fortyfivedownstairs and presented in its unique basement theatre.

Warning: coarse language and nudity.

View our in-house production page for more details.

All images by Sarah Walker.

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