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Presented by Siren Theatre Co and Griffin Independent

In a gothic inner-city boarding house, a naïve young poet is drawn into the fetid world of the basement-dwelling landlord and his wife, the hauntingly grotesque Mr and Mrs Lusty.

When her husband drops dead suddenly, Mrs Lusty announces a lavish funeral feast in his honour. Driven by her relentless appetite, she attempts to seduce the poet, drawing him into a dangerous sexual game with comically tragic consequences.

Written in 1948 by Australia’s only Nobel Laureate for Literature, Patrick White, The Ham Funeral is one of the most intriguingly original plays in Australian theatre history. Part vaudeville, part lyric poem, and part gothic drama, it is an unnervingly dark and vulgar investigation of the human condition.

“White aimed for something universal and surreal, a mix of the hilarious and brutal.” – David Marr


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Producer & Director Kate Gaul
Assistant Directors Sally Dulson, Phaedra Nicolaidis
Designer Jasmine Christie
Lighting Designer Hartley T A Kemp
Composer & Sound Designer Nate Edmondson
Vocal Coach Carmen Lysiak
Publicist Emma Jones
With Andy Dexterity, Eliza Logan, Carmen Lysiak, Johnny Nasser, Jane Phegan, Sebastian Robinson, Jenny Wu

Performance Dates

Previews 17 & 18 May
Season 20 May – 10 June

Performance Times

Monday – Saturday 7pm
Saturday 3 & 10 June 2pm & 7pm


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