NIDA acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands on which we learn and tell stories, the Bidjigal, Gadigal, Dharawal and Dharug peoples, and we pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past and present.

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Written by
Sophie Treadwell

Directed by
Carissa Licciardello

27 Oct – 03 Nov 2022
100 mins, no interval

About the show

'Your skin oughtn't to curl—ought it—when he just comes near you—ought it?'

Sophie Treadwell’s vivid expressionist masterpiece, inspired by a true story, is a treasure of the American theatre that offers a riveting look at the danger that can come from a life unlived.

Against the machine, a young woman is restless, is silenced, then revolts.

Carissa Licciardello (Opening Night) creates an adrenaline-charged portrait of a young woman, constrained by a society that favours men and money, who goes to surprising lengths to find agency in her life.


In order of appearance

Young Woman
Ahunim Abebe

Telephone Operator/Woman's Voice/Wife's Voice/Nurse/Girl/Second Reporter/Matron

Hattie Clegg-Robinson

Stenographer/Mother/Nurse 2/Woman/Woman 3/Girl 4/ Bailiff/Court Reporter

Tamara Foglia Castañeda

Filing Clerk/Man's Voice/Doctor/ Second Man/Man/Lawyer for Prosecution/ Priest
Louis Henbest

Jones/Husband's Voice/Man 2/Man 3/Man 4/Judge/Barber

Chris Northall

Voice/Bellboy/Young Doctor/First Man/Lawyer for Defence/Jailer

Harlee Timms

Creative Team

Carissa Licciardello*

Set and Costume Designer
Angela Doherty*

Lighting Designer
Veronique Benett*

Sound Designer
Amy Norton

Vocal Coach
Raechyl French*

Producer (FM)
Charlotte Barrett**

Production Team

Production Stage Manager
Bella Thompson

Deputy Stage Manager
Daniel Story
Topaz Marlay-Cole

Assistant Stage Manager
Jemima Owen

Costume Supervisor
Esther Zhong

Properties Supervisor
Luca Kovacs

Head Electrician
Maddison Craven

Construction Supervisor
Lynsey Brown

Design Assistant
Edison Heartly

Costume Assistant
Sam Hernández

Geita Goarin

Properties Assistant
Freyja Meany
Nathan Lockyer

Set Construction Assistant
Gareth Sole
Abby Dinger
Arwen Davidson
Carol Gonzales

Technical Assistant
Ethan Coombes
Julianna Stankiewicz
Naomi O'Connor
Sherydan Simson

This production may contain strong language, adult themes, theatrical haze and strobe lighting.

* Guest
** Staff
*** Diploma of Stage and Screen Performance