Sydney Theatre Company and Lendlease present
a Griffin Theatre Company production

The Bleeding Tree
by Angus Cerini

Sydney Theatre Company shares Griffin Theatre Company’s acclaimed 2015 production of The Bleeding Tree by Angus Cerini, with new audiences at The Wharf from 9 March to 8 April 2017. The original cast of Paula Arundell, Airlie Dodds and Shari Sebbens are reunited with director Lee Lewis, designer Renée Mulder, lighting designer Verity Hampson and composer Steve Toulmin to remount this “great and complex production” (The Australian).

A gothic thriller, a revenge comedy and a murder ballad all in one, The Bleeding Tree is rude, rhythmical and irreverently funny. Set in rural Australia, a shot shatters the still night. A mother and her two daughters have just welcomed home the man of the house – whom they despise – with a crack in the shins and a bullet in the neck. The only issue now is disposing of the body.

This startling celebration of women fighting back against spousal abuse won a swag of awards, including Helpmanns for Best Play for Angus Cerini, Best Direction for Lee Lewis and Best Female Actor for Paula Arundell.

Lee Lewis has been Artistic Director of Griffin Theatre since 2013. The Bleeding Tree at STC will run almost concurrently with her production of The Homosexuals or “Faggots” by Declan Greene at SBW Stables Theatre from 17 March to 29 April. Angus Cerini, a winner of STC’s Patrick White Playwrights’ Award, has had his work presented by companies throughout Australia including Sydney Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Arena Theatre Company, Melbourne Workers Theatre, Union House Theatre and Platform Youth Theatre.


Airlie Dodds, Paula Arundell and Shari Sebbens star in The Bleeding Tree (Photo by James Green)



Cast: Paula Arundell, Airlie Dodds, Shari Sebbens
Director: Lee Lewis.
Designer: Renée Mulder
Lighting Designer: Verity Hampson
Composer: Steve Toulmin

Dates: 9 March to 8 April 2017
Opening Night: Saturday 11 March 2017 at 8.00pm
Venue: Wharf 1, Sydney Theatre Company, The Wharf, Pier 4/5 Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay
Tickets: $49 to $55
Box Office: 02 9250 1777.

Suncorp Twenties (tickets for just $20 for every STC performance) become available for The Bleeding Tree from 2 March. Suncorp Twenties are released for sale every Thursday at 9am for the following week’s performances (Mon to Sat).

Insight events:

Pre-season Briefing: Monday 6 March at 6.15pm, Wharf 2
Audi Nights with the Actors: Monday 13 and Monday 27 March (post show)