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. It immediately earned praise as ‘a great and complex production’ (The Australian), winning three Helpmann Awards: Best Play, Best Direction and Best Female Actor, as well as a 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Award. In 2017, Sydney Theatre Company presented the original production, which completely sold out.

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.

May 15 – 19

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