• Darlinghurst Theatre Company and Workhorse Theatre Company present
  • 19 Sep - 19 Oct 2014
  • $30 - $43

The Motherf**ker with the Hat

By Stephen Adly Guirgis

A high-octane verbal cage match about love, fidelity and a misplaced hat.

Things are looking up for recovering alcoholic and ex con Jackie and his girlfriend Veronica, until Jackie spots another man’s hat in their apartment…


Photos: (1) Frank Farrugia, (2-6) Kurt Sneddon

Fast-paced and uproarious, The Motherf**ker with the Hat is a gleefully foul-mouthed look at modern love and other addictions. Following rave reviews and a sold-out season in 2013, it makes a welcome return to the Sydney stage.

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The Motherf**ker with the Hat

By Stephen Adly Guirgis


John Atkinson 
Troy Harrison
Megan O’Connell
Zoe Trilsbach
Nigel Turner-Carroll



Director Adam Cook
Composer & Sound Designer Marty Hailey
Lighting Designer Ben Brockman
Set & Costume Designer Dylan Tonkin  
Accent & Dialect Coach Johnathan Mill
Movement & Fight Director Scott Witt
Stage Manager Amy Green 
Assistant Stage Manager Michelle McKenzie

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The Motherf**ker with the Hat

By Stephen Adly Guirgis


A "vivid, technically polished production" Jason Blake | Sydney Morning Herald

"Cook extracts consistently brilliant performances from his cast" Suzy Goes See 

"The dialogue is pacey and continually funny" The Brag

"Delivers wordy punch after punch with incredible energy, much hilarity, and plenty of truthful takeaways" Yahoo7 News

A "riveting story that is brought to life by a fabulous group of actors" Dinner and a Show 

"Unmissable" Deborah Jones

"In the role of Jackie is Troy Harrison, whose spectacular presence anchors the production in a wild and turbulent space that resonates with an unusual authenticity" Suzy Goes See

"John Atkinson is perfectly, almost infuriatingly smarmy as Jackie’s sponsor Ralph" Daily Review

"An outstanding and memorable performance" Suzy Goes See on Zoe Trislbach as Veronica

"The most compelling performance of the night came from Megan O’Connell’s Victoria. Although O’Connell had the least amount to say, her moments were the most heartbreaking" Arts Review 

"And then there’s the hilarious Nigel Turner-Carroll as Cousin Julio, his comic timing superb" Stage Whispers



Hat's off as indie hit gets second run Elissa Blake | Sydney Morning Herald

A quick chat with Zoe Trilsbach Aussie Theatre

Interview with Megan O'Connell Theatre Red


Reviews from the 2013 season of The Motherf**ker with the Hat at Tap Gallery

“Unless miracles occur during the rest of 2013, The Motherf**ker with the Hat has to be right at the top of the list of best ensembles, best productions and best individual performances we are likely to see in Sydney this year. It's wildly funny and also tough and sad almost beyond bearable." Diana Simmonds, Stage Noise

“I'd go so far to say The Motherf**ker with the Hat is so well performed it's the best indie production I've seen this year in Sydney.” Sunday Telegraph (2013)

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The Motherf**ker with the Hat

By Stephen Adly Guirgis

Performance Dates

  • Previews: 19 - 21 Sep
  • Season: 24 Sep - 19 Oct

Performance Times

  • Tue - Sat: 8pm
  • Sun: 5pm
  • Sat Matinees: 11 & 18 Oct, 3pm

Post Show Q&A

  • Tue 30 Sep
  • Sun 12 Oct 

Performance Details

  • Duration: 1 hr 50 mins (no interval)
  • This show contains strong language and adult themes


  • Adult $43
  • Conc/Groups (8+) $38
  • Industry* $35
  • Under 30*/Preview $30 

A $2 booking fee applies per ticket for online and phone bookings


*Available for performances on Tue, Wed & Thu only


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