• Darlinghurst Theatre Company presents
  • 1 Apr - 1 May 2016
  • $30 - $45


By Patricia Cornelius

Four mates board a cruise ship for the trip of a lifetime. They’re badly in need of a break and determined to leave life’s baggage behind. In their pursuit of good times and freedom, they begin to spin out of control. What is lurking in each of them ... is it something savage?

Patricia Cornelius is one of Australia's most awarded playwrights, but her work is often overlooked for being controversial and confronting. Darlinghurst Theatre Company is proudly presenting the Sydney premiere of Savages. Inspired by true events, Savages is a searing investigation into Australian masculinity and misogyny.


This production uses theatrical haze, contains coarse language and adult themes.

Read the Savages program here.

Photo by Helen White

Artistic Director of Playwriting Australia
Tim Roseman is thrilled to be directing this highly topical and multi-award-winning play.
"Every now and again a play comes along that is so electrifying, so visceral, so white-knuckle you know it must be put on stage immediately. Patricia has the power to make words dance, fight and sing, and it's genuinely enthralling."

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By Patricia Cornelius


Josef Ber
Thomas Campbell
Yure Covich
Troy Harrison

Creative Team

Playwright: Patricia Cornelius
Director: Tim Roseman
Production Designer: Jeremy Allen
Lighting Designer: Sian James-Holland
Composer & Sound Designer: Nate Edmondson
Movement Director: Julia Cotton
Assistant Director: Erin Taylor
Stage Manager: Natalie Moir
Assistant Lighting Designer: Cameron Menzies
Set Construction: Simon D. Boyd

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"Darlinghurst is to be congratulated for staging this production and audiences should flock to it. Recommended." Stage Noise

"[The cast's] work is completely engrossing, with an outstanding sensitivity to rhythm, not only in speech, but also with their physicality." Suzy Goes See

"Savages is one of the greatest Australian plays of the last few years..." ★★★★ Daily Review

★★★★ Time Out Sydney

"There are geniuine laughs in Savages...But there's genuine fear too." Artshub

"[Savages] shines a spotlight on a dark undertone that is more prevalent than many would wish to believe." BroadwayWorld.com

"All four actors are committed, credible and energised." Sydney Morning Herald

'Director Tim Roseman has let the dogs loose and the result is superb." The Buzz from Sydney

"Cornelius' script and it's excellent treatment in the hands of Darlinghurst Theatre Company certainly gives us food for thought."
The AU Review

"Unflinching, uncompromising, unpalatable, unforgettable, Savages is a remarkable and searing theatrical experience." Sydney Arts Guide


Interview with Tim Roseman Daily Review

On the couch with Tim Roseman Australian Arts Review

Interview with Thomas Campbell Theatre People

Interview with Patricia Cornelius The Sydney Morning Herald

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By Patricia Cornelius

Performance dates

  • Previews: Fri 1, Sat 2 & Sun 3 April
  • Season: Wed 6 April - Sun 1 May 

Performance times 

  • Tue - Sat: 8pm
  • Sun: 5pm
  • Wed Matinee: 27 April at 11am
  • Sat Matinees: 23 & 30 April at 3pm

Post show Q&A sessions

Join director Tim Roseman and the cast of Savages for a post-show Q&A after the following performances:

Sun 10 April 5pm

Thu 21 April 8pm

Performance details 

  • Duration: approx 75 mins, no interval

Read the Savages program here


  • Standard $45
  • Concession $38
  • Groups (8+) $38
  • Industry* $35
  • Under 30* $30
  • Preview $30
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