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My Brilliant Career

28 - 31 Oct

One of Australian literature’s best-loved characters finds her voice on stage for a new generation.

Written by Miles Franklin
Adapted by Kendall Feaver

Based on the first novel by Australian author Miles Franklin, written when she was a teenager, and published in 1901, My Brilliant Career is a stunning rumination on the confines of Australian society, its sexism and classism. Franklin’s tale of the virtues and consequences of self-empowerment, and her ringing call to live your best life, are as powerful and relevant as ever.

Australia, on the cusp of a new century. Sybylla Melvyn has grown up ‘beyond the black stump’, but is determined to get away and make her own spectacular mark on the world. If that’s to happen, she must first surmount collapsing family fortunes, a world hardwired against headstrong women, and the insistent nagging of love.

Direct from its premiere season at Sydney’s Belvoir St Theatre, one of our great stories of emancipation and identity, fashioned in a new adaptation by rising Australian playwright Kendall Feaver, features the irrepressible Nikki Shiels as Sybylla.


  • Dark, funny and roughly a century ahead of her time, Sybylla's voice is one that demands to be heard. - Playwright, Kendall Feaver

Cast & Creative Team

Director Kate Champion
Set Designer Robert Cousins
Lighting Designer Amelia Leaver-Davidson
Cast includes Nikki Shiels, Helen Thomson
Photo by Daniel Boud

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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