We’re in this together…

The Events

NORPA and TNR present a Belvoir, Malthouse Theatre and State Theatre Company South Australia co-production

Friday 20 & Saturday 21 July, 2018

2pm (Sat only) & 7:30pm

$20-54 + booking fee

Theatre, Lismore City Hall


A mesmerising piece of playwriting – generous, compassionate and subtle – The Events was the sleeper hit of the 2013 Edinburgh Festival. For this Australian production, the brilliant Catherine McClements is joined by a host of community choirs in an extraordinary blend of theatre and music.
Claire is a minister and the director of a choir that meets regularly in a local hall. It’s made up of all sorts: the lonely, outsiders, strangers – and the privileged, the comfortable. In short, she has built a community. But when a disaffected young man enters the hall and opens fire with a semi-automatic, this community – and the ideals that formed it – are blown apart.
After the event, a dialogue unfolds between Claire and a young man. She is unpacking the Pandora’s box of herself – her rage, her fears, and ultimately some hope. The young man is something else: the voice of the alienated, an enemy within, a lost generation. He plays many roles, but in an era of Port Arthur and Martin Place they all ask the same big question: How do we live together knowing it can all come apart in a moment?
A co-production with Belvoir, Malthouse Theatre and State Theatre Company of South Australia


By David Greig
Director / Clare Watson
Composer / John Browne
Set & Lighting Designer / Geoff Cobham
Musical Director / Carol Young
Fight Choreographer / Scott Witt


The Boy / Johnny Carr
Claire / Catherine McClements
Pianist /Carol Young
Community choirs

“It was impossible not to be moved.” SMH

“The Events is a superb and unique examination of one victim’s self-destructive desire to understand the essence of violence.” Stage Whispers

“Claire’s community chorus – the “one big crazy tribe” – lifted the show out of relentless darkness, finding a beautiful harmony we so desperately need.” Daily Review


Non Subscribers
Adult $54
Senior/Concession/Groups 4+ $48
Under 25 $25

Adult $43
Senior/Concession/Groups 4+ $39
Under 25 $20

Allocated seating (numbered tickets).
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All ages
Duration is 75 minutes (no interval).


Secret Chef operate a operate a pop-up diner at Lismore City Hall. This will be open from 6pm, offering main meals, share plates and desserts. (There will always be vegetarian and gluten free options available).

Mezze platter for 2 to share – $20
Pumpkin, white bean, orange tagine, saffron rice – $15
Chicken, orange, apricot, saffron rice – $15
Rose water, berry trifle – $10

Our licensed bar will be open from 6pm, and also during and after the show. Drinks purchased from the bar are permitted inside the theatre. Sorry, no BYO.


Photo by Brett Boardman