Plush Duck Productions is incredibly proud to share with you their inaugural production and the NSW Premiere of Ned: A New Australian Musical. Based on the life and experiences of Australia’s most iconic bushranger, Ned explores Ned Kelly’s turbulent life and the events which led to his demise. Ned: A New Australian Musical will have a limited run at Newtown’s New Theatre from 18-22 December 2018.

Ned: A New Australian Musical uses an infamous Australian figure to lay bare the ugly beginnings of our nationhood. Set in rural Victoria in the late 1800s, it charts Ned Kelly’s transformation from a local hero into a cold-blooded criminal. When his mother, Ellen Kelly, is unjustly convicted of attempting to murder a policeman, Ned, his brother Dan, and their two friends Joe Byrne and Steve Hart flee into the bush to avoid their own arrests by the corrupt police force. They are soon outlawed and vilified as the feared ‘Kelly Gang’, and are to be caught at any cost – dead or alive. But swearing that their “orders must be obeyed”, the gang takes their final, and ultimately fatal, stand against the police.

Recounting a harsh and unforgiving period of Australia’s history, Ned juxtaposes two very different approaches to dealing with adversity and fighting for social change. Ellen Kelly fights fiercely for the future of her family and those close to her, attempting to instil the values of resilience, self-sacrifice and loyalty in her children. Yet Ned allows his own arrogance, prejudice, and violence to overpower his sense of morality, finally meeting his tragic end, and so coining the iconic Australian expression, “such is life”.


The show features an absolutely outstanding cast of both celebrated and emerging Australian actors. Ned features the talents of Josh McElroy (ATYP’s Spring Awakening, Performing Line’s A Town Named Warboy) who takes on the iconic role of  Ned Kelly, with Jodie Harris (Disney & Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins, Opera Australia’s My Fair Lady) by his side as the strong, Kelly family matriarch, Ellen. The incredible Marcus Rivera (Cameron Mackintosh’s Miss Saigon, Opera Australia’s The King and I) tackles the complexity of early Australian law and order through his portrayal of Superintendent Hare.

These three powerhouses are joined by a stellar cast of some of Australia’s finest musical theatre performers including: Cypriana Singh, Siobhan Clifford and Rowan Brunt (as Maggie, Kate and Dan Kelly). Guy Webster, Lincoln Elliott and Martin Everett (as Joe Byrne, Aaron Sherritt and Steve Hart). David Hov, Courtney Powell, Jacqui Greenfield & Rob Hartley (as Alexander Fitzpatrick, Ann Jones, Mrs. Kennedy and Kennedy). The cast is completed by an incredible ensemble of triple threats including Erin Bogart, Sinead Cristaudo, Denzel Bruhn, Carmel Rodrigues and Georgia Rodgers.

Featuring incredible music and lyrics by Adam Lyon and book by Anna Lyon and Marc McIntyre, Ned is truly a force to be reckoned within the Australian musical theatre scene. Plush Duck Productions founder and Ned producer, Hamish Stening, leads an incredible team of creatives which include the talents of Director/Choreographer Miranda Middleton, Vocal Director Sarah Levins and Répétiteur Oliver Beard.

With hauntingly beautiful melodies, raucous humour and a driving orchestral score that captures the sound of the Australian bush, Ned: A New Australian Musical leaps right off the pages of Australia’s history books and will leave you humming while you ponder what it means to be Australian.


Season: 18-22 December, 2018
Session Times: Tuesday – Saturday @ 7:30pm
Location: New Theatre, 542 King St, Newtown NSW
Pricing: $40-55
Tickets Available Here

CONTENT WARNING: This performance contains coarse language, adult themes and violence.
Parental guidance is recommended for persons under 15 years.
Theatrical effects including haze/smoke, prop weapons and loud sounds will also be used.