Every Second | Darlinghurst Theatre Company
  • Darlinghurst Theatre Company and Michael Sieders present
  • 27 Jun - 27 Jul 2014
  • $30 - $43

Every Second

By Vanessa Bates

Every Second is the story of two
thirty-something couples hell bent on having a child. They’ve given up sushi and champagne, as well as their sanity. But how much more are they willing to sacrifice?

Photos: Frank Farrugia (1) and Louis Dillon-Savage (2-5)

Full of wry observations and bitter truths, Every Second takes a comedic look at a very modern dilemma. Don’t miss this brand new Australian play from one of the country’s most daring and witty playwrights.

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Every Second

By Vanessa Bates


Director Shannon Murphy
Producer Michael Sieders 
Set Designer Andy McDonell
Costume Designer Rita Carmody
Lighting Designer Verity Hampson
Composer / Sound Designer Tiernan Cross
Movement Director Samantha Chester


Simon Corfield as Tim
Glenn Hazeldine as Bill 
Julia Ohannessian as Meg
Georgina Symes as Jen

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Every Second

By Vanessa Bates


Bates’ script is compact, nimble, wryly funny and convincingly voiced. Shannon Murphy’s direction is first-rate in a production featuring... intricately observed exchanges between uniformly excellent actors.
Sydney Morning Herald

Murphy's staging is deliciously wacky ... but the real star is Bates' text, which skilfully segues from heartfelt to hilarious to heartbreaking.
Time Out

Fast moving, creative and delightfully performed.  Laughter and a few tears are on offer. So are dancing sperm. One way or another, Every Second will touch you.
Sun Herald

Every Second is characterised by the playwright's trademark warmth and good humour, her direct dialogue which scintillates as it hits us with its emotional punch, and a healthy dose of grace and heart.
Concrete Playground

A beautifully rendered story that has been directed and performed to an excellent standard. This is a must see.
Dinner and a Show

Infinitely engaging.
Sydney Arts Guide


A fascinating insight into modern human life. 4/5 stars
The Brag

The cast of four are a group of fantastic actors and each of them turns in a performance that is well developed and delicately formed.
Stage Noise

The actors, directed by Shannon Murphy, put Bates’ play to life with excellent sensitivity and strong performances, and even the comedy of the play (at times outrageously funny) is delivered with honesty.
Culture Street



Vanessa Bates draws on own infertility experience for black comedy
Elissa Blake, Sydney Morning Herald

Interview with playwright Vanessa Bates - Every Second
Dee Jefferson, Time Out


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Every Second

By Vanessa Bates

Performance Dates

  • Previews: 27 - 29 Jun
  • Season: 2 - 27 July

Performance Times

  • Tue - Sat: 8pm
  • Sun: 5pm
  • Sat Matinees: 19 & 26 July, 3pm

Post-Show Q&As

  • Wed 9 July
  • Wed 23 July

Performance Details

  • Duration: 1 hr 15 mins (no interval)
  • This show contains nudity, sexual references, strong language, adult themes and smoke effects.


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

*Available for performances on Tue, Wed & Thu only

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



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