Performance dates & times

Tuesday 15 May
8:00 PM
Wednesday 16 May
8:00 PM*
Thursday 17 May
1:00 PM*, 8:00 PM
Friday 18 May
8:00 PM
Saturday 19 May
2:00 PM**, 8:00 PM

*Post-Show Q&A
**Captioned Performance

Running Time 75 minutes, no interval

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Suitability: Ages 15+

This production contains: Strong language, Adult themes, Violent imagery

Three time Helpmann award-winner,  including Best Play, Best Direction and Best Female Actor.

From the pen of Victorian playwright Angus Cerini comes The Bleeding Tree, an Australian murder ballad blown up for the stage, with three strong women fighting back.

Following its debut at Griffin Theatre Company and a sell-out season at Sydney Theatre Company, it has earned praise as “a great and complex production” (The Australian) and won three Helpmann Awards – including Best Play, Best Direction and Best Female Actor – as well as a 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Award.

Set in rural Australia, in a dirt-dry town where you keep your head down, a mother and her daughters engage in act of thrilling revenge. The only issue now is disposing of the body. Powerfully lyrical, bracingly funny and a highly original take on Australian gothic.

Starring Paula Arundell (Helpmann award-winner, Best Female Actor), Sophie Ross and Puberty Blues’ Brenna Harding.

Directing new Australian writing with Lee Lewis
Saturday 19 May
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
State Theatre rehearsal room

This is a unique opportunity for theatre directors with an interest and experience on directing new Australian plays to learn from the Helpmann award winning Theatre Director.

More information, click here.

Artist Biographies


Cast includes
Paula Arundell, Brenna Harding, Sophie Ross


Angus Cerini
Lee Lewis
Steve Toulmin
Renée Mulder
Lighting Designer
Verity Hampson
This project was developed with the support of Playwriting Australia

  • The Australian Council for the Arts
  • Create NSW Logo