Latest eNews: World Premiere – THE WAY OUT opening.

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This week, as our first preview audiences saw The Way Out, I’ve paused to reflect on its journey thus far.

I recalled the buzz among ensemble members over early drafts of Josephine’s sci-fi infused, Australian country-western drama. The detailed script development with Josephine, dramaturge Jane Bodie, and director Penny Harpham over several years. The weeks of rehearsal, the invaluable input of each of the actors’ and designers’ creativity and enquiry. The common ingredients? Collaborative spirit, excitement and rigorous investigation from every person involved.

When a new play is first produced, it finally has the opportunity to enact its purpose; to invite audiences to question, reflect, empathise, wonder. We have arrived at that point. 

We’ve been rewarded this week, as audiences responded with great enthusiasm. On more than one occasion I’ve seen standing ovations, I’ve overheard high school theatre students who are studying the production cluster outside the theatre, talking excitedly about the world of the play and the characters. And each night, The Way Out has grown, ready to open officially this Wednesday. Thank you to our preview audiences for playing a pivotal part in the discovery of this work.

Everyone else, we’ll see you soon!

Ella Caldwell

Artistic Director


By Josephine Collins

Directed by Penny Harpham


In association with Melbourne Fringe

Featuring Kevin Hofbauer, Rory Kelly, Olga Makeeva, Dion Mills, Brigid Gallacher,

Khisraw Jones-Shukoor and Sahil Saluja.


22 August – 24 September

(previews 22 – 29 August)

Book now.

Trailer by Alex Zemtzov.

Click above to watch THE WAY OUT trailer on Vimeo.



Set and Costume Design Charlotte Lane

Lighting Design Clare Springett and Michael Robinson

Sound Design Daniel Nixon

Stage Manager Liberty Gilbert

Assistant Stage Manager Natalie Lim



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By purchasing a pass, you guarantee your seats for the remainder of our hot (and fast-selling) season. And not only that, your tickets will be at a discounted rate.

Be sure to check out the additional pass option which includes a ticket to our annual fundraising event, PLAYlist.

Passes available for Doubles, Singles, Concession, or Under 30s.

Purchase yours here.


Around town: fish at Melba Spiegeltent

Rollercoaster Theatre (Artistic Director is our very own Sarah Sutherland) presents fish, a fantastical all-singing, all-dancing soap opera about fear, directed by Maude Davey and written by the Rollercoaster ensemble (a group of trained actors with intellectual disabilities). fish analyses the anxieties that pervade contemporary life… no matter who you are or how you see yourself.


31 August – 2 September

7pm Thurs, 2pm* & 7pm Fri, 7pm Sat

*Auslan interpreted performance followed by Q&A
Melba Spiegeltent

35 Johnston St, Collingwood
For bookings and information, click here