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At What Cost?

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State Theatre Company, South Australia

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Odeon Theatre, 57a Queen St, Norwood, SA, 5067


Sat 24th June 2023, 2:00pm- Audio Described performance
Mon 26th June 2023, 6:30pm- Audio Described performance


Putalina, Oyster Cove, just south of Hobart, Tasmania. A Palawa man, Boyd Everett, is determined to do right – by his family, by the land, and by his people.

The bones of his ancestor, William Lanne are being returned to him. Boyd has been chosen by the Land Council to light the fire which will reunite Lanne with the “old fellas in the sky… where there’s wallaby bounding everywhere. Where there’s an abalone under every swaying piece of bull kelp. Where there are crayfish under every hanging rock ledge. Where there’s a mutton bird in every burrow.”

But strangers are arriving. Strangers now making claims on all Boyd holds dear, ready to dig up the pain of the past and drag it into the present.

Nathan Maynard’s extraordinary tale of a family and a community in crisis arrives fresh from its acclaimed world premiere at Belvoir St Theatre.

“Urgent, provocative, coruscating and haunting … theatrical statement of the heart, a must-see.” Australian Stage

“A play sculpted from muscle and bone and filled in from the gut… it is smartly pitched and richly rhythmic and never shies away from a laugh (there are many)…” Sydney Morning Herald

“A great political tragedy grows out of comic domestic beginnings in this slow-burning play… like all great tragedies, it builds towards pity and terror in its ending.” The Australian

Nathan Maynard is one of the hottest and most talented playwrights working in Australia at the moment. His comic gifts are immense but his capacity for deep drama and suspense is equally monumental. Teaming with other great First Nations artists – Isaac Drandic as director and designers Chloe Ogilvie and Jacob Nash, alongside a brilliant cast, this show will burn brightly at the Odeon. Mitchell

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