The Tasmanian Theatre Company and Straightjacket Productions in association with The Karralyka Centre

Bakersfield Mist

By Stephen Sachs

John Wood and Julie Nihill star in a comedic tale about art and life!

02 Aug – 05 Aug

Based on a true story, Bakersfield Mist is a hilarious and thought-provoking comedy-drama that asks vital questions about what makes art, and people, truly authentic.

Maude (Julie Nihill), an unemployed bartender, bought a painting for a few bucks from an ‘op shop’. Despite almost trashing it, she now thinks it’s a Jackson Pollock worth millions. In fact, she’s certain it is. But when world-class art expert Lionel Percy (Gold Logie Award-winner John Wood) flies over from New York and arrives at her trailer park home in Bakersfield to authenticate the painting, he really has no idea what he’s about to discover.

From the team that brought us 2015’s Sex with Strangers comes a clever and funny examination of the value of art, self-worth, expertise, and the nature of criticism.

Recommended for ages 12+. Contains strong language.

"It is a pleasure to see two consummate actors at such ease with their craft... Highly recommended." - Canberra Times

A wry two-hander that handles highbrow artistic issues while zinging in plenty of uproarious one-liners. A perfect marriage of emotion and ideas that is rare indeed.” "- Los Angeles Times

“An intellectual show full of shadings” - Daily Mail

Free Talking Point
Bakersfield Mist - Merrigong Talking Point
Saturday 5 August, approx. 30 mins after the matinee ends

Image: John Wood and Julie Nihill. Photo by Gina Milicia

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Venue Information

Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, IMB Theatre


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Cast & Creative Team

Lucy Freeman

Set Designer
Jill Munro

Lighting Designer
Scott Allan

Sound Designer
Heath Brown

John Wood
Julie Nihill


Premium: $79
Adult: $67
Conc/Group 8+: $62
Under 30s: $49
Family of 4: $196 (Max 2 Adults)
School Groups 8+: $23

(Under 30s tickets not available online. A per transaction fee of $6.90 applies for phone and online bookings.)

Performance Times
General Public:
Wed 2 Aug, 8pm
Thu 3 Aug, 6.30pm
Fri 4 Aug, 8pm
Sat 5 Aug, 2pm
Sat 5 Aug, 8pm

Post-show Q&A:
Thu 3 Aug, 6.30pm

Tactile Tour:
Sat 5 Aug, 12.30pm

Audio Description & Live Captioning:
Sat 5 Aug, 2pm

Running Time
Approx. 1 hr 45 mins (incl interval)

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