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Blood On The Wattle

A timely and explosive new political drama comes to the Sydney stage this March.

Geoffrey Sykes’ Blood on the Wattle is a powerful and entertaining expose of the political intrigue behind public issues. 

This thrilling political theatre meets head-on the issues of climate change, mining, sex in political workplaces, party politics, border security and refugees – all hugely relevant to Australia today.

“Who said politics could not be entertaining?” says writer-director Geoffrey Sykes.

The play is fast-paced, as two characters and two pasts come into collision, that glimpses a way forward. It has adult themes.

The first act opens to the cynicism and fatigue of the Federal member for “Western Slopes”. Karl Matters is a member of Country First and – while conservative on most issues – has fallen out of favour with new party leadership, due to his concerns over climate change. Battling to survive preselection, he turns for emotional support to a dark-haired female visitor to the town, casual farmworker Vania.

In Act Two, Vania accepts work in Karl’s office and the two become friends until Karl triggers strong reactions about her past as a refugee, both overseas and in detention by Australia. In an intense and finally cathartic encounter in Vania’s studio, both lives become irrevocably merged… and changed.

Geoffrey Sykes is a highly experienced, well-known writer and director, and adds his hope that “theatre can refresh debate and language at a time when politics seems confused and difficult.”

“Premiere performances: Richard Wherrett Studio, Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay.
Fri 25 March and Sat 26 March 2022 at 7.30pm

Season: Chippen Theatre
Venue: Level One, 45 Chippen Street, Chippendale NSW 2008
Dates: Wed to Sat 7.30pm from 30 March to Sat 9 April



25 March, 2022
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
$25 – $120
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Chippen Theatre
Level One, 45 Chippen Street, Chippendale
Sydney, NSW 2008 Australia
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