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

Price range



Under 30




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In a dirt-dry town in rural Australia, a shot shatters the still night.

A mother and her daughters have just welcomed home the man of the house… with a bullet. The only issue now is disposing of the body.

From the pen of Victorian playwright Angus Cerini, The Bleeding Tree premiered at Griffin Theatre Company in 2015, and went on to have a triumphant season at Sydney Theatre Company in 2017. It immediately earned praise as “a great and complex production” (The Australian) and went on to win three Helpmann Awards – including Best Play, Best Direction and Best Female Actor – as well as a 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Award.

Triggered into thrilling motion by an act of revenge, The Bleeding Tree is an Australian murder ballad blown up for the stage, with three strong women fighting back. Throughout, Cerini’s writing is powerfully lyrical, bracingly funny and a highly original take on Australian gothic.

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