Darlinghurst Theatre Company and Michael Sieders present a brand new Australian play supported by AccessAustralia. Every Second by one of the country’s most daring and witty playwrights, Vanessa Bates, will preview at the Eternity Playhouse from 27 June with the World Premiere on 1 July.


Directed by Shannon Murphy (Bliss, This Year’s Ashes), the cast includes Simon Corfield (Torch Song Trilogy) as Tim, Glenn Hazeldine (The Removalists) as Bill, Julia Ohannessian (Blood Wedding) as Meg and Georgina Symes (In Between Wonderful) as Jen.


Every Second tells the story of two thirty-something couples desperate to have children. They’ve given up sushi and champagne, as well as their sanity. Both couples discover conception is not as easy as they once thought and assume they’re impervious to the stress of infertility.

Full of wry observations and bitter truths, Every Second takes a comedic look at a very modern dilemma. Several years ago, in her mid-thirties, playwright Vanessa Bates discovered that she and her partner were infertile. They embarked on the rollercoaster that is Chinese herbs, acupuncture and IVF. “It was absurd but it was also nightmarish and draining and expensive, and I don’t just mean that in the monetary sense,’ said Vanessa.


“At the time we felt terribly alone, none of our friends seemed to be like us. Now, it all seems horribly common. Every Second came out of that experience.”


Director Shannon Murphy is thrilled to be bringing this play to an audience for the first time. “I believe Vanessa to be one of our country’s greatest female playwrights. The structure of her work and the truth and vulnerability of her characters are incredibly unique. Her talent is being recognised overseas and I want Australia to have the opportunity to see her newest work and experience the world premiere before it goes offshore.”


Darlinghurst Theatre Company is proud to partner with AccessAustralia to help raise community awareness about infertility. AccessAustralia is an independent, not-for-profit charity with a network of over 17,000 members, providing whole of life support for women and men who experience difficulties conceiving and their families.


By Vanessa Bates
Director                                    Shannon Murphy

Producer                                  Michael Sieders                    

Set Designer                            Andy McDonnell

Costume Designer                   Rita Carmody

Lighting Designer                     Verity Hampson

Sound Designer/Composer     Tiernan Cross

Cast                                         Simon Corfield, Glenn Hazeldine, Julia Ohannessian, Georgina Symes


Previews                                  27 – 29 June

Season                                    2 – 27 July

Performance Times                 Tues – Sat 8pm, Sun 5pm, Sat Matinees 19 & 25 July 3pm

                                                Post-show Q&A on Wed 9 July & Wed 23 July

Ticket Price                             Adult $43/ Conc & Groups $38/ Under 30 (Tue-Thu) & Previews $30

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

Bookings                                 www.darlinghursttheatre.com or 02 8356 9987 (9.30am-5.30pm weekdays)