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Boy Out of the Country

A fast and funny Australian play about family, property and the price of progress.

Country boy Hunter left town in a storm of his own creation. After a seven-year absence he returns home to find the family property sold to developers, his mother in care, and his brother Gordon in charge.

In this moment of shifting economies and loyalties Hunter goes in search of answers, but is he ready for the truth to come out?

Written by award-winning playwright Felix Nobis, Boy Out of the Country is a bush ballad for modern Australia, written in vernacular verse reminiscent of the poetic tradition of Banjo Paterson. Here, old Australia meets new Australia – a country cop comes to terms with rapid social change, a backyard is less important than an extra bedroom, and the places that were once so familiar can change before our eyes.

Directed by Erica Lovell this newly-realised production features a stellar cast including Tom Harwood (CO:OK, Things Not to do After a Break Up), Jason Glover (Tidelands, Van Dieman’s Land), Jeannie Gee (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), Stan Kouros (A Country Practice, Mother and Son, Guys and Dolls) and Amelia Robertson-Cuninghame (Anatomy of an Offence, Love Child).

“Mr Nobis’s writing is a particular kind of brilliant… Nobis’s command of ‘vernacular verse’ is faultless” – Stage Whispers.

“An entertaining production of a play of resonance and relevance” – Sydney Arts Guide.

“Crackles with understatement and wit” – The Age.

A story of land, family and belonging, Boy Out of the Country emerged from the Melbourne Theatre Company Affiliate Writers Scheme. The play was awarded the RE Ross Trust Script Development Award and featured as the premiere work at the 2018 Pioneer Play Festival Castle Hill.

Matinee performances are available for group or organisation bookings. Please contact the organiser for more information.



Tuesdays to Saturdays, 7.30pm to 9pm
Sundays, 5pm to 6.30pm

Thursday 9 May to Saturday 25 May 2019


Preview (9 May): $15.00
Concession: $30.00
Under 30: $30.00
Groups 8+: $25.00
General admission: $35.00
Premium Admission (1st Entry): $40.00
Opening night (includes party): $40.00

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