” … a production that enthralls from start to finish.”

25 – 29 July

Under the stark lighting of a hospital waiting room, Mel, mother of injured four-year-old Hanny, anxiously awaits news of her child. Alex, a young businesswoman who witnessed the accident, comforts and calms her.

When Mel’s estranged husband Dominic arrives, a series of surprising revelations begins to unfold in the waiting room. Just who is Alex, and what is her connection to Dominic and Hanny? Where was Mel when her daughter ran onto the road, and what truth is Dominic concealing? As accusations fly and lies unravel, the reality of their strangely interconnected lives is revealed …

Hurt is an exciting new Australian play that dissects modern relationships within the crucible of a family crisis. Hurt skillfully keeps us on the edge of our seats for just over an hour, with its rapid-fire dialogue, and the emotionally charged secrets that lie at the heart of its characters’ lives.

8pm / Tuesday 25 July
6.30pm / Wednesday 26 July

11am / Thursday 27 July

8pm / Thursday 27 July
8pm / Friday 28 July
3pm / Saturday 29 July
8pm / Saturday 29 July

Duration: 75 minutes, no interval

A White Box Theatre production

Written by Catherine McKinnon
Director Kim Hardwick
Set & Costume Design Isabel Hudson
Lighting Design Martin Kinnane
Sound Design Katelyn Shaw
Christopher Stollery
Meredith Penman
Gabrielle Scawthorn


Standard Tickets
Full / $49
Concession / $40
Student / $30
Red Hot Rush / $20 (at the door only)

Group Prices
10 + / $32 each
6 + / $35 each
4 + / $37 each

Opening Night Tickets
Full / $59
Concession / $50
Student / $40
Subscriber Upgrade / $10

Transaction fees may apply
Single tickets: $0 online; $3 telephone or in-person.

“Hurt is an acutely-observed piece…[a] strikingly well-made and emotionally heated production…the performances too, are first rate.”


“Director Kim Hardwick brings a lethal combination of operatic emotionality and psychological acuity to a production that entralls from start to finish.”

Suzy Goes See

Meet the stellar cast of Hurt…

Meredith Penman is a rising star on the Australian stage. She has most recently been performing as Queen Elizabeth for Bell Shakespeare’s acclaimed production of Richard 3. Recent theatre credits include Persona for Belvoir/Mathouse; Boys Will Be Boys for Sydney Theatre Company; Blood Bank for Ensemble; Richard III for Melbourne Theatre Company; and A Woman In Berlin for Malthouse. Her television credits include Hartman’s Solution, Dr Blake Murder Mysteries, Rush, City Homicide, Neighbours and House Husbands.

Christopher Stollery is one of Australia’s best-known actors. He has toured the stages of Europe with Cate Blanchett, appeared with John Cleese at the Sydney Opera House, and has been an associate artist with Bell Shakespeare Company, appearing in 19 productions.

Christopher has been a regular character on several Television Series: Wild Boys, Sea Patrol, State Coroner and The Flying Doctors. His film credits include Predestination, Placid Lake and the forthcoming feature film The Nightingale. He plays the role of Mel’s husband Dominic in Hurt.

Gabrielle Scawthorn graduated from NIDA in 2009 and is making her mark as a multi-talented actor, writer and producer.  Recent theatre credits include Stopkiss (ATYP), Young Tycoons (Darlinghurst Theatre Co), Young and Jackson (45 Downstairs), Ride and Fourplay (Darlinghurst Theatre Co), and Bloodbank (Ensemble Theatre Gabrielle’s writes, performs and produces sketch comedy with I’m with Stupid, whose work has been featured on ABC, ABC2, Funny or Die and Bigsmoke. Gabrielle was recently nominated for a Sydney Theatre Award (Stopkiss), and plays the mysterious Alex in Hurt.


Our Concession rate is available to Australian Pensioners, Seniors, Health Care Cardholders, MEAA Members and patrons using Audio Description services. Proof of eligibility is required when booking or collecting tickets.

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