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★★★★½ "This is what theatre should be - powerful, dangerous, beautiful" HARRIET CUNNINGHAM - SUN HERALD


How does a human being go on living after the unimaginable?


A plague has stricken the city, and King Oedipus believes he is the cause. He lives out the remainder of his days as a blind man, shamed and in exile.

In the intimacy of the Downstairs Theatre, Adena Jacobs‘ Oedipus Rex is a lament and a powerful expression of tragedy for a modern audience – an invitation to bear witness to a man, who was once a king, now reconstructing the pieces.


director: Adena Jacobs

designer and dramaturgue: Paul Jackson

composer and sound designer: Max Lyandvert

design associate: Emma Kingsbury

director's attachement: Robert Johnson

stage manager: Elizabeth Rogers


performed and devised by Peter Carroll and Andrea Demetriades 


"There is not a moment in this production that does not resonate richly for those who know the original work. The final scenes — in which Jacobs brings together brilliantly all the elements of her finely crafted production, and lets the tragedy of it all simply wind back down into life — are profoundly moving." JOHN MCCALLUM - THE AUSTRALIAN


"Carroll offers a gripping and bravely vulnerable performance" JOHN SHAND - THE AGE





Helpmann Nomination: Best Actor (Peter Carroll)

Photography by Pia Johnson

Trailer by Marty Jamieson

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