BROTHERS WRECK

BY JADA ALBERTS

Ruben is full of anger and dancing on the edge, struggling to cope with his brother’s death. As Darwin swelters, tensions in the house are high as Ruben slips further and further adrift from all those around him: his counsellor, his best mate, his sister, his beloved Aunty. When the summer storm finally breaks, the family must pull together and find the strength to bring Ruben back from the brink.

Jada Alberts’ breakout play is one of the most moving pieces to grace Australian stages in recent years. Starring Trevor Jamieson (The Season, Melbourne Festival), Nelson Baker (The Warriors, ABC TV), Lisa Flanagan (Australian Rules), Leonie Whyman (Black Comedy, ABC) and Dion Williams (Gallipoli, Nine) this is Jada’s directorial debut of her hit powerhouse play – heralded as a triumph in its Sydney premiere season. Transporting us to her home town in the Top End, Jada leads us through a gripping drama about a grief-stricken family whose love for each other knows no limits.

★★★★½
"GUTTINGLY POWERFUL"
— THE MUSIC
★★★★
"POIGNANT, DEVASTATING AND SHARPLY OBSERVED"
— THE AGE
★★★★
"IT IS CATHARTIC AND IT IS TRANSFORMATIVE"
— TIME OUT
"LINE FOR LINE, ALBERTS' WRITING IS TENSILE AND ENGAGING"
— THE AUSTRALIAN
"AN ACHIEVEMENT OF STORYTELLING"
— THEATRE PRESS

PRODUCTION PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

A Malthouse Theatre and State Theatre Company South Australia production.

Key image: James Hartley
Images: Tim Grey 

Partners

WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY /

Jada Alberts

CAST /

Nelson Baker, Lisa Flanagan, Trevor Jamieson, Leonie Whyman, Dion Williams

SET & COSTUME DESIGN /

Dale Ferguson

LIGHTING DESIGN /

Chris Petridis

COMPOSITION & SOUND DESIGN /

Kelly Ryall

ASSOCIATE ARTIST /

Adena Jacobs

STAGE MANAGER /

Josh Sherrin

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER /

Matilda Woodroofe

VOCAL COACH /

Suzanne Heywood

Event & ticketing details

Accessibility

Wheelchair Access
Auslan Interpreted

Dates & Times

PREVIEWS 7.30pm Fri 8 Jun, 7.30pm Sat 9 Jun, 6.30pm Tue 12 Jun, 7.30pm Wed 13 Jun
OPENING NIGHT 7.30pm, Thu 14 Jun
TIME TO TALK 6.30pm, Tue 19 Jun
AUSLAN INTERPRETED 7.30pm, Fri 22 Jun

Location

Merlyn Theatre

Malthouse Theatre, 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 / 

80 minutes

WARNINGS / 

Contains adult themes, coarse language, herbal cigarettes, dynamic sound and references to terminal illness and suicide.