Date/Time: 25 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017

By Anthony Neilson
Directed by Jessica Arthur

‘I'd always thought that you split up with someone because you'd stopped loving them, or realised you never did.’

Set for the most part inside the head of the romantically-troubled main protagonist Stuart, Realism is a play that presents his dream-world as reality.

Written by Scottish playwright Anthony Neilson in 2006, the play has been re-contextualised to a contemporary Australian world by director Jessica Arthur for its NIDA iteration.

As a man confined to his home over the course of a lazy Sunday, Stuart ­– and thus the audience – weaves in and out of consciousness in a play split between the imagined world born out in Stuart’s dreams as he sleeps and the uneventfulness of his reality, where he eats, naps and watches TV.

In his dreams, Stuart explores his deepest fears and desires through relationships with loved ones, current news events and colourful memories from his past. Drawing on happenings from his life starring the people who are important to him, Stuart’s dreams are fantastical, moving, frightening and emotionally revealing.

25–28, 30–31 October, 8pm
26 October, 2pm
NIDA Theatres, Space

Featuring NIDA final year BFA Acting, Costume, Properties and Objects, Staging, and Technical Theatre and Stage Management students, with students of the MFA Design for Performance.

Suitable for audiences aged 15+. This performance may contain strong coarse language, nudity, strobe lighting, haze or smoke effects, explosions and loud noises, and adult themes.

Realism will be performed in one act with no interval. Running time: 90 minutes.

Wheelchair accessible.

Realism is playing as part of the The Paradice Family Foundation Season Student Productions October 2017.


Sennheiser is supporting NIDA final year students with their performance of Realism this October using a range of Sennheiser microphones and speakers as well as the exciting new AMBEO Smart headset and AMBEO VR to deliver a 3D sound experience.