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Trash Talk

29 Jan - 2 Feb

Justice in the workplace is at stake – so let’s get ready to RUMBLE!!!

By The Strangeways Ensemble

Returning to our stage for the first time since their huge success with 2017’s The Outside Man, Merrigong Theatre Company’s Strangeways Ensemble, a permanent ensemble of seven professional actors perceived to have intellectual disability, brings us their stunning new work.

Set in a fictional workplace — the recycling depot of an Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE) — Trash Talk draws inspiration from the real-life 2018 review of award wages for people working in such commercial businesses, and the personal impact that it had on members of the cast.

With a hugely entertaining blend of humour, physical theatre and video projection, Trash Talk is framed within the hyper-reality of a professional wrestling tournament. With its gladiatorial approach to human rights and our universal desire for respect and dignity, the show reaffirms the right to work as fundamental to human existence.


  • Funny and intelligent… a tribute to the success that strong and inclusive collaborations deliver. - Sydney Arts Guide (for The Man Who Dreamt The Stars)

Cast & Creative Team

Director and Devisor Anne-Louise Rentell
Devisors / Performers Malcolm Allison, Ethan Arnold, Jordan Bowater, Ethan Green, Rachel Head, Phillip Prentice, Christian Tagliaferro
Set & Costumer Designer Katja Handt
Video Media Designer Sean Bacon
Lighting Designer Taryn Brown
Composer and Sound Designer Daryl Wallis
Wrestling Choreographer Ben Coles
Support Worker Marion Maclean
Photos by Dida Sundet 

Pre-Show Dining Packages

$25 Pre-Show Dining Packages

Pre-book a meal and drink at The Social when you book your tickets!

For only $25 pp. our great value Pre-Show Dining Packages feature four delicious à la carte options, served with a house drink of your choice. Menus are updated regularly, and will always include at least one vegetarian and one gluten-free option.

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