A Belvoir, Malthouse Theatre and State Theatre Company South Australia Co-production

The Events

Written by David Greig. Composed by John Browne.

Starring Catherine McClements in a moving exploration of community and healing.

25 Jul – 28 Jul

The most difficult question to answer is always "why?"

A mesmerising piece of playwriting – generous, compassionate and subtle, The Events stars one of Australia’s most powerful actors, the brilliant Catherine McClements (TV’s Water Rats, Rush), joined on stage each night by a choir from our own local community, in an extraordinary blend of theatre and music.

McClements plays Claire, a minister and leader of a community choir that regularly meets in a local town hall. When a young man enters the hall and opens fire, her beloved community – and the ideals that sustain it – is blown apart. In the aftermath, questions are asked and resolutions sought. Could he have been stopped? And how do we live together knowing it can all come apart in a moment?

The hit of the 2013 Edinburgh Festival, The Events is award-winning Scottish playwright David Greig’s (Midsummer - A Play with Songs) response to the violence unleashed by a Norwegian white supremacist in 2011. It is stunningly brought to life in this production from three of Australia’s flagship theatre companies. It is a deeply important, poignant and challenging story of hope and healing.


"McClement's performance is exceptional...It was impossible not to be moved" - Sydney Morning Herald

“The Events is a superb and unique examination of one victim’s self-destructive desire to understand the essence of violence.” - Stage Whispers

"Claire’s community chorus – the ‘one big crazy tribe’– lifted the show, finding a beautiful harmony we so desperately need.” - Daily Review

Free Talking Point
The Events - Merrigong Talking Point
Saturday 28 July, 15 mins after the matinee ends.

Image: Catherine McClements with One World Choral. Photo by Brett Boardman

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Venue Information

Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, IMB Theatre


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Cast & Creative Team

Claire Watson

Set & Lighting Designer
Geoff Cobham

Musical Director
Carol Young

Johnny Carr
Catherine McClements
Carol Young and local choirs


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

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

Performance Times
General Public:
Wed 25 Jul, 7.30pm
Thu 26 Jul, 6.30pm
Fri 27 Jul, 7.30pm
Sat 28 Jul, 1.30pm & 7.30pm

Post Show Q&A:
Thu 26 Jul, 6.30pm

Tactile Tour:
Sat 28 Jul, 12pm

Audio Description & Captioning:
Sat 28 Jul, 1.30pm

Running Time
Approx. 1 hr 15 mins (no interval)

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