Patricia Cornelius is one of Australia’s most awarded playwrights but her work is often overlooked by professional theatre companies for being too controversial and confronting. Darlinghurst Theatre Company is proud to present the Sydney premiere of her latest work Savages from 1 April to 1 May at Eternity Playhouse.

Inspired by true Australian stories, Savages is an exacting investigation of masculinity and mateship. A cautionary tale about a group of men in a state of lawlessness, the celebrated play came in the wake of growing media and public awareness about misogyny in all areas of society from Friday night drinks to federal politics.

Four ‘mates’ board a cruise ship for the trip of a lifetime. They’re in bad need of a break and determined to leave life’s baggage behind. In pursuit of freedom and a good time, they spiral out of control, leaving behind their moral compass and setting the scene for a terrible crime.

Darlinghurst Theatre Company has assembled an exceptional cast for this bold new production including Josef Ber (Porn Cake, Redfern Now), 2015 Sydney Theatre Award-winning actor Thomas Campbell(Misterman, Clybourne Park), Yure Covich (Children of the Sun, Fury) and Troy Harrison (The Motherf**ker with the Hat).

Artistic Director of Playwriting Australia Tim Roseman is thrilled to be directing this highly topical and multi-award-winning play.

“Every now and again a play comes along that is so electrifying, so visceral, so white-knuckle you know it must be put on a stage immediately,” he said. “Patricia has the power to make words dance, fight and sing, and it’s genuinely enthralling.”

Premiering in Melbourne in 2013 to rave reviews, Savages is a cleverly wrought and contemporary work about a group of men who don’t really know themselves or what they can become.


I rate it as her finest play to date… Savages isn’t just a remarkable piece of writing, it’s a powerful piece of theatre at every levelThe Australian


…. fearless in raising uncomfortable questions… at the same time, the work is a fine and thoroughly entertaining piece of theatre …it does everything a good play should do and light, poignant and funny moments balance the darkness. Bravo” – ArtsHub


…almost elegiac monologues of regret and reflection … Poetry and brutal masculinity may make strange bedfellows, but aren’t mutually exclusive propositions under the pen of a great playwright. And Patricia Cornelius is certainly one of our best” – Time Out, Melbourne


Cornelius’ thoughtful and skilfully wrought script deals sensitively with the difficult subject of escalating male violenceHerald Sun


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By Patricia Cornelius

Director Tim Roseman

Production Designer Jeremy Allen

Lighting Designer Sian James-Holland

Composer & Sound Designer Nate Edmondson

Movement Director Julia Cotton

Assistant Director Erin Taylor

Stage Manager Natalie Moir

Cast Josef Ber, Thomas Campbell, Yure Covich and Troy Harrison



Previews 1 – 3 April

Season 6 April – 1 May

Performance Times Tues – Sat 8pm, Sun 5pm, Wed matinee: 27 April, 11am,

Sat Matinees: 23 and 30 April, 3pm

Ticket Price Adult $45/ Conc & Groups $38/ Under 30 (Tue-Thu) & Previews $30

A $2 booking fee applies per ticket for online and phone bookings

Bookings or 02 8356 9987 (9.30am-5.30pm weekdays)