Wake in Fright

Event Cancelled.

Unfortunately, this show has now been cancelled.
All ticket holders for this event will be contacted to arrange a refund.
Keep well. Keep safe. We’ll see you on the other side.

Is there something sinister lurking in the outback town of Bundanyabba? Under the direction of Declan Greene, Kenneth Cook’s iconic work of Australian Gothic horror is conjured on stage.

If you’re a good bloke, you’ll be all right. Right?

G’day. Welcome to the Yabba. Just passing through? It’s the best little town in the world. Things a bit grim? Chin up.

John Grant is well-read, but an outback misadventure strands him—cashless and jobless—in a harsh and remote Aussie outpost, Bundanyabba.

So, he makes new ‘mates’: they’re quick with a drink, but with every scull a dark violence lurches forward. Are these blokes fair dinkum, or is there something more sinister at the heart of this little Aussie town?

The entire world of Wake in Fright is conjured in a one-person show accompanied by a sonic assault from art-electronica band, friendships. Under the direction of Declan Greene, Kenneth Cook’s iconic work of Australian Gothic horror is felt in the flesh. Bring sunscreen, buy a beer and wear your ear plugs. Once we pierce the Yabba’s ocker veneer, you better be ready for the explosive brutality pent up inside.

Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts


★★★★“Astonishing… and unforgettable theatre”  The Guardian

★★★★½  “Brilliant, bold and deeply unnerving theatre.” The Age

★★★★½ “An utterly affecting sensory ambush, Wake In Fright reimagines a piece of Australian iconography within a contemporary setting without sacrificing any of its magic. ” Beat

★★★★ “…a powerful tale of masculine self-destruction in the outback.” Limelight Magazine

“This is, at times, literally heart stopping and long after you have regained your composure you will be re-examining your core notions of your own sense of what it is to be a real Australian.” Australian Stage


A new play adapted from Kenneth Cook’s novel by Declan Greene with Zahra Newman.

A Malthouse Theatre Production.

Eats & Drinks before the show?

We highly recommend booking at our Café and our foyer bar is open 60 mins prior to performances.

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