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A play about two brothers, Niv and Sai, heading to the mountains to bury the hatchet on a lifelong rivalry.  

Big brother Niv has gone vegan. He’s madly in love, he's starting his own business, and seems to have finally found himself after years as the black sheep of the family. In an attempt to reconcile their differences, Niv invites golden child Sai and his new girlfriend Kate on a ski trip where they can put the past aside for the sake of family.

But when party banter turns political, Kate stumbles into a minefield, and finds herself the focal point of an all-out war.

This original comedy by Aran Thangaratnam stars Green Room Award-winning Dushan Phillips (Red Stitch Actors' Ensemble) and newcomer Kaivu Suvarna. Funny and feisty, it's all about the bitter warfare behind brotherly love. 


Malthouse Theatre presents Stay Woke. This script was commissioned by Malthouse Theatre through the support of the Malcolm Robertson Foundation.

Image: Shortcut Creative
Illustration: Hours After


Aran Thangaratnam Writer
Bridget Balodis Director
Mark Pritchard Dramaturg
Rose Adams CAST
Brooke Lee Cast
Dushan Philips Cast
Kaivu Suvarna Cast
Matilda Woodroofe Set & Costume Designer
Rachel Lee Lighting Designer
Daniella A Esposito Composition & Sound Designer
Jess Keepence Stage Manager

Event & ticketing details


Wheelchair Access

Dates & Times

PREVIEWS 7pm Fri 25 Feb, 7pm Sat 26 Feb, 7pm Mon 28 Feb, 7pm Tue 1 Mar
OPENING NIGHT 7pm, Wed 2 Mar
MATINEES 1.30pm Sat 5 Mar, Sat 12 Mar
TIME TO TALK 7pm, Tue 8 Mar


Beckett Theatre

The Malthouse, 113 Sturt St, Southbank 3006

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Any train to Flinders Street, then a 12-minute stroll through Melbourne’s sparkling Arts Precinct.


The No. 1 South Melbourne tram goes right past our door. Get off at Stop 18. Any tram down St Kilda Road—jump off at Grant Street, Stop 17 and take a 3-minute walk.

Event notes


This production contains drug use and occasional coarse language. For the full list of content warnings, see here

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