The Sound of Waiting

Playwright Mary Anne Butler returns to Darlinghurst Theatre Company with a powerfully poetic allegory for a world which has closed its doors on humanity.

The Sound of Waiting explores the plight of asylum seekers, looking at themes of resilience, humanity, hope and displacement and posing the central question: As a global community, where do we go to from here?

A tiny wooden boat is battered by roaring seas, on board Hamed Mokri cradles his small daughter. His former homeland now more perilous than the seas he’s fighting, his daughter the very last soul he can protect other than his own.

Meanwhile, an Angel of Death hangs over them with reckoning, conjuring up all its power to send them both to the bottom of the unknown sea – silent, and black, and endless.

Written in response to Tony Abbott’s infamous comment, “Jesus knew there was a place for everyone and it’s not necessarily everyone’s place to come to Australia.” The Sound of Waiting is a vital story to tell, right now.


Where: Eternity Playhouse, Darlinghurst
Previews: 31 Mar, 1 April, 3 April | Season 5 – 22 April, 2018
Times: Tues – Sat 7:30pm | Sun: 5pm
Duration: 60 minutes (no interval)
Price: $38 – $54
Tickets: or phone (02) 8356 9987