Merrigong Theatre Company presents

The Carousel

By Pippa Ellams

A new Australian play that explores the limits of unconditional love between sisters.

01 Mar – 03 Mar

Christa and Jamie are sisters, still living in their childhood home in Western Sydney. Together they are embarking upon the treacherous transition between girlhood and womanhood. As girls, we see them learn the horrors of life and as young women, they inevitably start to live them. Christa wants Jamie to start living. Jamie doesn’t want to leave the house. Upon receiving life changing news, Christa takes drastic action to save her little sister.

The Carousel is a new Australian play written by emerging playwright Pippa Ellams that explores the limits of unconditional love between sisters.

The Carousel was shortlisted for the Rodney Seaborne Playwrights award in 2015 and was developed as a part of ArtsLab by Shopfront Arts Co-op in 2016-17.


"...The one that really blows my mind though is The Carousel... There’s a confidence at work here... with dialogue crackling with truth and insight. The actors are so good you’d think they were playing themselves, navigating the tonal and emotional shifts at a hundred miles an hour, taking each one of us along for the ride. I’m floored" - TimeOut

"What's stayed with me is the sheer immediacy of the writing, acting and direction, the physical andemotional palpability of diminished young lives struggling to achieve some kind of wholeness... [a]modestly staged but imaginatively large work..." - RealTime 138

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Venue Information

Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Bob Peet Studio


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Cast & Creative Team

Hannah Goodwin

Pippa Ellams

Production Manager
Solomon Thomas

Lighting Designer
Emma Lockhart Wilson

Tash O'Brien
Alex Francis


All tickets: $25

A per transaction fee of $6.95 applies for phone and online bookings.

Performance Times
General Public:
Thu 1 Mar, 7.30pm
Fri 2 Mar, 7.30pm
Sat 3 Mar, 1.30pm & 7.30pm

Running Time
Approx 1hr (incl. interval)

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