Latest eNews: HIR kicks off Season 2018, and introducing Pre-Show Parlour…

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Welcome to our Season 2018!

We are thrilled to be kicking off the year with the extraordinary play, HIR by Taylor Mac.

New York playwright and performance artist Taylor Mac, captivated audiences last year with A 24-Decade History of Popular Music at the Melbourne Festival. And now everyone is talking about HIR (Hir, pronounced ‘here’, a gender-neutral pronoun).

This highly anticipated tragi-comedy, already ranked the number one show to see this Midsumma Festival, features 2018 graduate ensemble actor Harvey Zielinski. We are over the moon to welcome Harvey to this special production and also to our Ensemble. Our brilliant cast and creative team is lead by director Daniel Clarke. Daniel and Harvey recently chatted to The Age about HIR, read it here

Featuring Belinda McClory (Splendour) as Paige, with Ben Grant making his Red Stitch debut as Arnold, and welcoming back Jordan Fraser-Trumble (You Got Older, Jurassica, 2015 Graduate actor) as Isaac, HIR is an extraordinary work by one of the most groundbreaking artists of our time. It’s booking out fast, so secure your seats and get ahead for the year by purchasing a 2018 Red Stitch subscription.

If you missed Taylor Mac last time, you’re not going to want to miss judy’s work again (judy being Taylor’s preferred gender-neutral pronoun)… and scroll down for details on how to catch special guest Mama Alto, who also performed with Taylor in Melbourne recently, at our new Pre-show Parlour.


The Red Stitch Ensemble






In Rehearsal: HIR

Photos by Darcy Kent.


Jordan Fraser-Trumble as Isaac.

Harvey Kaska Zielinski as Max and Ben Grant as Arthur.

Belinda McClory as Paige.

Daniel Clarke directs.


Introducing Pre-show Parlour

new at Red Stitch in 2018


We are delighted to have the divine Mama Alto grace the Red Stitch courtyard ‘parlour’ in the first of a series of special residencies, programmed to compliment our 2018 season.


For four nights only you can catch Mama Alto play an intimate set before the Victorian premiere of HIR by Taylor Mac, directed by Daniel Clarke.

Join us for drinks in the summer air, and enjoy the “breathtaking” (Arts Hub) experience of Mama Alto’s storytelling.

“A knockout.” (The Herald Sun)

“Mama Alto is an exceptionally talented singer, who makes the question as to whether it is a woman or a man singing obsolete. It is clearly an angel.” (The Conversation).

“…near flawless.” (The Age)

Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre

Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd (sold out), Thursday 15th, Friday 16th February.

7:00 pm – 7:45 pm

Tickets: included in ticket price for HIR 

Several brilliant artists in one little, big theatre setting.
Book your tickets on the selected dates above and enjoy the heavenly
pre-show parlour goodness.
Book now.



Subscribe to our 2018 season

Don’t miss your opportunity to buy a full 2018 season subscription!

Why subscribe?

LOCK IN YOUR SEATS! Secure your preferred seats and fill your calendar up with theatre dates (but we understand that plans change. We are happy to swap show dates for you at a later time).

Get the best value for your ticket, save up to $100 when you subscribe.

Are you under 30 or a student? Do you have a Netflix? Well, for basically the same price, you could be coming to our big little theatre all year.

For full subscription packages & info click HERE 


“I Believe…

…that truth, in the theater, is often confused with a clearing away of theatricality.”

Taylor Mac’s striking creative manifesto ‘I Believe’ sets the parameters for our first production of 2018, HIR.

Want a glimpse into the mind of one of the most visionary artists of our time?

Read it here.

Work with us

We are seeking a committed and focused Development Manager to play a pivotal role in our rapidly growing organisation.

The brilliant Kirsty Hillhouse is moving on and we wish her all the best in her future endeavours. Thank you for all your hard work, Kirsty – we will miss you.

Red Stitch’s philanthropic program requires the stewardship of a highly motivated fundraiser, who understands and supports the philosophy of our unique ensemble company.

Interested? For more information, click here.

INK applications closing soon

Are you a local playwright? Do you have a script you’d love to work on with us? Submit your work to our INK program now.

We are offering the opportunity to develop your script in a way that is both rigorous and flexible, and tailored to your creative process, working closely with our artistic director, dramaturge and ensemble.

Get your submissions in soon – applications close on 31st January 2018!
For more information click here.