We need to talk about Harry Joy. The world revolves around him. Until he dies on a sunny afternoon.

He awakens to a curious vision of the world he has known for 39 years. Fakes instead of family. Allies have become enemies. Conspiracies everywhere. His wife, children and friends attempt to punish him through a series of twisted inconveniences. Harry concludes that this Hell around him has been there the entire time. He’s just been too asleep to see it.

Peter Carey’s madcap novel is brought to life in a lush and extraordinary collaboration from the team behind Picnic at Hanging Rock. Starring Toby Truslove (ABC’s Utopia) and a stellar ensemble cast, follow Harry as he clamours for his soul, from suburbia to the rainforest, and beyond.

"THIS WORK HAS SO MUCH TO SAY ABOUT OUR COUNTRY, OUR SEXISM, OUR HEALTH, AND OUR VALUES THAT IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO LEAVE WITHOUT BEING AFFECTED"
— Herald Sun
"THE NEXT LAUGH IS NEVER TOO FAR AWAY...DEFINITELY FOR AN AUSTRALIAN AUDIENCE"
— ArtsHub
"AN ENRICHING ADVENTURE"
— Stage Whispers
"A BOLD ADAPTATION THAT BOASTS A TALENTED CAST WHO TOGETHER ENLIVEN CAREY'S '81 NOVEL"
— Theatre Press

PRODUCTION PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

A Malthouse Theatre and Belvoir production. Proudly supported by Art Series Hotels.

Key image: Zan Wimberley
Images: Pia Johnson

Partners

BY /

Peter Carey

ADAPTED FOR THE STAGE BY /

Tom Wright

DIRECTION /

Matthew Lutton

CAST /

Marco Chiappi, Will McDonald, Amber McMahon, Charlotte Nicdao, Susan Prior, Anna Samson, Mark Coles Smith, Toby Truslove

SET & COSTUME DESIGN /

Marg Horwell

LIGHTING DESIGN /

Paul Jackson

SOUND DESIGN & COMPOSITION /

Stefan Gregory

Event & ticketing details

Accessibility

Wheelchair Access
Audio Described

Dates & Times

PREVIEWS 7.30pm Fri 4 May, 7.30pm Sat 5 May, 6.30pm Mon 7 May, 6.30pm Tue 8 May
OPENING NIGHT 7.30pm, Wed 9 May
AUDIO DESCRIBED 5pm, Sun 20 May

Location

Merlyn Theatre

The Malthouse, 113 Sturt St, Southbank 3006

Get directions

Train

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

Tram

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

DURATION / 

Act I – 75 minutes
Interval – 20 minutes
Act II – 70 minutes

WARNINGS /

Contains strong adult themes, sexual and drug references and coarse language.