Love | Darlinghurst Theatre Company
  • Darlinghurst Theatre Company Presents
  • 16 Nov - 9 Dec 2018
  • $38 - $54


Patricia Cornelius

An unapologetic, passionate and searing exploration of love.

Tanya, Annie and Lorenzo desperately seek love in a loveless world. Shackled by grinding poverty and substance abuse they're difficult to like, let alone love. They've been abused. They're abusive. But it is love in all its distorted and mutated forms that holds them together.

Patricia Cornelius is one of Australia’s most awarded and innovative playwrights. In 2004 Love won the Wal Cherry Award for Play of the Year and in 2006 an Awgie Award for Stage. 

Darlinghurst Theatre Company is proud to produce Love, a modern Australian classic. 

Running Time: 75 minutes (no interval) 

To write about those who are forsaken, those we cross the street to avoid meeting, those we find ugly and loud and uncouth, those we call trash and miserable, and those who do terrible things interests me. To write these characters without sentimentality and without judgement, above all to place them in the world that has created them, is a challenge. As it is to capture the yearning, the excruciating desire for something else, something better, something kinder, pleasurable even, in these characters who don’t have the words, or peace of mind.”  Patricia Cornelius

A Sydney Mainstage Premiere.

Supported by: Screenwise


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Patricia Cornelius


Rose Riley
Anna Samson
Hoa Xuande


Playwright: Patricia Cornelius
Director: Rachel Chant
Assistant Director: Hannah Goodwin
Production Designer: Ella Butler
Lighting Designer: Sian James-Holland
Sound Designer: Nate Edmondson
Stage Manager: Ryan Tate

Produced by Darlinghurst Theatre Company

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Patricia Cornelius

★★★★ "From the opening lines, Patricia Cornelius' taut and gripping play grabs you by the throat and never lets go. She writes with a clear-eyed, non-judgmental regard for society's dregs. It is all too easy to find compassion for the so-called "deserving". Cornelius' skill is to make us care for those seemingly beyond the pale." - Sydney Morning Herald

★★★★ "Cornelius’ dialogue is never less than captivating and in Love she hears and expresses their inarticulate struggles and makes their hopeless optimism into something beautiful. The result is 75 minutes of astonishing theatre. Recommended without reservation."Stage Noise by Diana Simmonds

"Magnificent direction by Rachel Chant turns this desolate tale into incredibly compelling theatre; even if the personalities feel far removed from our middle class realities, Chant’s exhilarating rigour from beginning to end, insists on our engagement... Timing and chemistry between all performers, whether as a “throuple” or in assorted pairs, are marvellously harnessed for a relentlessly provocative show." - Suzy Goes See

"Under the careful eye of director Rachel Chant, the poetic moments of Cornelius’ script soar: her lyrical, colloquial monologues are the hero of the production, bathed in glory by lighting designer Sian James-Holland and composer and sound designer Nate Edmondson." - Time Out

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Patricia Cornelius


  • Previews: Sat 17, Sun 18 & Tues 20 November
  • Season: Thur 22 November -  Sun 9 December 


  • Tue - Sat: 7.30pm
  • Sun: 5pm
  • Saturday Matinees:  1 & 8 December 3pm 2018


75 minutes (no interval)  


  • Standard $54
  • Concession $44
  • Groups (8+) $44
  • Industry* $38
  • Under 30* $38
  • Preview $38

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