Following the success of The Aliens and 4 Minutes 12 Seconds, Outhouse Theatre brings BU21 to the stage for its Australian premiere – a production that represents the next chapter of the company’s ongoing mission to produce new playwriting that engages with the challenges of the modern world.

BU21 is set against the backdrop of terrorism, one of the toughest global challenges of today. The threat and the reality of terrorism have infiltrated our popular consciousness, but here in Australia, theatre rarely addresses that phenomenon. In this play, six young people find themselves caught in the aftermath of a terrorist attack in London, which has seen a passenger plane taken down by a missile.

BU21 is the work of British playwright, Stuart Slade. It was originally staged last year at London’s Theatre503, a venue The Guardian has described as, ‘Arguably the most important theatre in Britain today’. The show received a nomination for an “Offie’ Award (recognising works playing ‘Off’ the West End) for ‘Best New Play’ and, this month, opened at Trafalgar Studios in London’s West End.

In the play’s six roles is a cast said to represent a diverse cross-section of fresh, dynamic local talent. Erin Taylor, who directed the recent production of Slut for Festival Fatale at Darlinghurst’s Eternity Playhouse, is directing the Australian premiere of BU21.

BU21 at the Old 505 Theatre is a production that promises to be a wonderful opportunity to see the work of some of Sydney’s most exciting emerging theatre artists.


Directed by
Erin Taylor
Designed by
Tom Bannerman
Lighting by Christopher Page
Sound by
Nate Edmondson

FULL CAST: Jessica Belle-Keogh, Skyler Ellis, Emily Havea, Bardiya McKinnon, Whitney Richards and Jeremy Waters

Venue: The Old 505 Theatre, 5 Eliza Street, Newtown
Season: 8 February – 25 February
Times: Tues-Sat 8pm
Price: $40 Adult, $30 Concession and Under 30, Previews- ‘Pay What You Want’