Good Works | Darlinghurst Theatre Company
  • Darlinghurst Theatre Company presents
  • 31 Oct - 29 Nov 2015
  • $30 - $45

Good Works

By Nick Enright

Good Works is an enthralling memory play set across several decades and three generations. Centred on two boyhood friends whose family histories shape them as men, this is a tale of past crimes and misdemeanours, and innocence lost.


Photos by Helen White

Written by acclaimed playwright Nick Enright (Daylight SavingCloudstreet, The Boy From Oz), Good Works is a powerful and masterfully told Australian story.

Proudly supported by the Enright Family
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Good Works

By Nick Enright


Taylor Ferguson Rita
Lucy Goleby Mary Margaret
Anthony Gooley Shane / Neil
Stephen Multari Tim / Eddie
Jamie Oxenbould Alan / Brother Clement / Barry / Mr Donovan
​Toni Scanlan Mother John / Mrs Kennedy / Mrs Donovan

Creative Team

Director Iain Sinclair
Production Designer Hugh O’Connor
​Lighting Designer Sian James-Holland
Composer & Sound Designer Nate Edmondson
Assistant Director Nick Radinoff
Fight Choreographer Scott Witt
Movement Choreographer Julia Cotton 

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Good Works

By Nick Enright


"Outstanding production of an intricate family saga" Sydney Morning Herald 

"It takes a director with vision and verve to pull all the strands together convincingly. Luckily, we're in the capable hands of Iain Sinclair and his talented cast, who guide us safely through the production" 
★★★★ Time Out 

"Heartfelt, intelligent and often very moving...a gorgeous exploration of the domino effect of human relationships" ★★★★ Daily Review

"A splendid production" ★★★★ ArtsHub 

"Iain Sinclair has grappled with this epic and come out victorious and graceful" ★★★★1/2 The Music 

"Good Works @darlotheatre is a reminder of the genius of Nick Enright. Brilliant play, brilliant acting, a must-see production" @JaneBAlbert via Twitter 

"Iain Sinclair draws wonderfully authentic performances from his cast" SX

"Completely engaging...Iain Sinclair’s production is ravishing" Stage Whispers

"A strong hand is required to pull together the intricacies of Nick Enright’s script, and director Iain Sinclair delivers" The Brag 

"Compelling dark Australian drama #Goodworks @darlotheatre magically brought to life by a stella cast" @AjasydAndrew via Twitter

"Director Iain Sinclair’s construction of space through Hugh O’Connor’s complex multi-tiered platforms is theatrical magic" Suzy Goes See

"Nick Enright knew how to build a play from shards of religious oppression drawn together and leavened with a sly humour and an understanding of human fealty and frailty. Lovely performances too" Steve Dow via Instagram

"It’s a remarkable piece of writing and beautifully set up for its characters by director Iain Sinclair...Good Works  is yet another reminder of what an extraordinary talent we had in Nick Enright" StageNoise

"Nick Enright's Good Works is a great play. How wonderful to see it again @darlotheatre" John McCallum via Twitter



Growing pains ache through the ages in Nick Enright's Good Works Sydney Morning Herald

Interview with director Iain Sinclair and actors Lucy Goleby and Jamie Oxenbould ABC Radio National Books & Arts [podcast]

Good Works preview Arts Review

On the couch with Lucy Goleby Arts Review


Reviews from previous productions

"Nick Enright's Good Works is one of the most moving, absorbing and powerful new plays produced in Sydney in a long time. It is an exciting work by an experienced writer who has finally found his personal voice" John McCallum, The Australian, 1994

"It seems to me to be a play we have been waiting for for years now. Passionate, argumentative, yet thoroughly dramatic, realist in its concerns, yet dexterous in its use of is a stunning achievement" Guy Rundle, The Age, 1995

"Enright has fashioned an extremely complex, difficult and powerful play, emotionally charged, intellectually challenging. It is without doubt destined to become a major work in the Australian theatre" Angela Bennie, Sydney Morning Herald, 1994

"Good Works is a play of towering emotional, ethical, cultural and dramatic significance" Herald Sun 

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Good Works

By Nick Enright

Performance Dates

  • Previews: Sat 31 October, Sun 1 & Tue 3 November
  • Season: 5 - 29 November 

Performance Times

  • Tue - Sat: 8pm
  • Sun: 5pm
  • Wed Matinee: 25 November, 11am
  • Sat Matinees: 21 & 28 November, 3pm

Performance Details

  • Duration: 1 hour 35 mins, no interval
  • Pop-up diner open Thu-Sun 5-29 November. Find out more


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

*Available for 11am performances on Wed and 8pm performances on Tue, Wed & Thu only

A $2 booking fee applies per ticket for online and phone bookings. Subscriptions do not incur a booking fee.


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