Past Productions

We Are The Himalayas (2019)

By Mark Langham

We Are The Himilayas

Fringe HQ, Kings Cross

Anna Larina was known and renowned as the wife of one of the architects of the Russian Revolution, Nikolai Bukharin. With his downfall and execution, she was persecuted for twenty years, separated from her family, and spent her prime years in a succession of gulags.
Witnessing both the rise of the Revolution, and purges it conducted, she lived both sides of the hypocrisy of Stalin’s rule. She was loved as the partner of the golden child of the Revolution, and then condemned as the partner of a traitor. Through her, we see the very human cost of ideology, and the unimaginable triumph of the human spiritin the face of the hellish machine determined to subdue it.
The extraordinary story of Anna Larina. Punished for being a wife.
Creative Team
Written  Mark Langham
Directed  Richard Cornally
Production Design Damien Egan
Sound Design  Patrick Howard
Lighting Design Sophie Pekbilimi
Charlotte Chimes
Ben Matthews
Steve Corner
Emilia Stubbs Grigoriou
Chelsea Hamre
James Gordon

“Lead actress Charlotte Chimes gives a breath-taking yet fierce performance as Anna, alongside her counterpart Ben Mathews, whose conviction and intensity brings the Russian figurehead back to life” – Alt Media

“As secret police apparatus Lavrentiy Beria, is the exceptional Steve Corner, whose nuanced dramatics has us enthralled.” – Suzy Goes See

“Langham’s script works well, capably balancing the task of enlightening audiences to the inter-war Soviet mindset and creating interesting characters who are more than mouthpieces for the delivery of information. Langham demonstrates a light touch when it comes to necessary exposition.” – Audrey Journal

“We are the Himalayas is a refreshing look at the great communist experiment that encourages us to see what happens to the human creature under different styles of social pressure. Partly frightening and partly exposing, it offers up a refreshing take on Russian communism and reminds us that narratives are not always as they seem, and that the story we tell ourselves about the events transpiring in front of us are as important as the stories we wish to refute. This is a complex and beautiful play, that all Sydney artists should see, not to mention anyone interested in modern day socialism or Russian history.” – Lisa Thatcher

Lie With Me (2018)

By Liz Hobart

Lie With Me

Old 505 Theatre, Newtown

A mother watches on TV as her son is arrested for the murder of three young men, their bodies discovered in his apartment. Her friends text their support but always had their doubts, while her weatherman ex-husband becomes a media sensation in the aftermath of the televised tragedy. What follows is a kaleidoscopic journey of investigation into a mother’s past and future.
With her life suddenly thrust under the microscope, Lie With Me is a mother’s desperate attempt to survive in a world that names her the Mother of a Monster. Combining dynamic physical and visual storytelling, the show creates an intimate portrait of a woman facing the greatest crisis a mother can face. Lie With Me is a visceral, honest work exploring the limits of the human heart.
Creative Team
Writer Liz Hobart
Director Warwick Doddrell
Lighting Design Sophie Pekbilimli
Sound Designer
 Ben Hinchley

Production Designer Isabella Andronos
Producer Luke Holmes
Marketing Krista Tanuwibawa
Lyn Pierse
Julia Robertson
Nathalie Murray
“This is an amazing theatrical ‘coup’ from Ms Pierse, for, when one watches closely and observes that besides creating and charting the dilemma of Janice, Ms Pierse, as well, is having to also to be a technical ‘instrument’ – stage-hand – in the moving of the furniture, props etc to facilitate the action circumscribed by the writer and Director – at one stage managing the positioning of 10 chairs and a table, by herself, in the midst of the progress of the narrative.” – Kevin Jackson
Dark, passionate and urgent, Hobart’s writing makes for engrossing, fascinating theatre. – Suzy Wrong
“By storytelling this examination of fear, entrapment and cruelty in a way that is exciting, accessible and important, Hobart establishes herself as a first-rate playwright.” – Audrey Journal



Asylum (2017)

By Ruth Fingret


Comber Street Studios, Paddington

Asylum is a new contemporary work about 5 people and the very different ways they are all seeking asylum in their lives. It’s a story about a broken family, and the personal side of our immigration process.
Craig is an immigration officer who has retreated into a rigid sense of responsibility and morality from being left by his wife long ago to battle with his delinquent son. His conviction in his own righteousness is challenged when he meets Hajir, a Lebanese man applying for a protection visa to remain in Australia on the same day his ex-wife returns and Jason is arrested. Now Craig is forced to consider something previously impossible: Is he willing to lie in the name of a greater good, and who will he protect by doing so?
Creative Team
Writer Ruth Fingret
Director Richard Hilliar

Producer Luke Holmes
Joshua McElroy
Hannah Raven
Eli Saad
Katherine Shearer
David Woodland
“Joshua McElroy… simultaneously intense and vulnerable, the actor’s confidence is unflappable even in the venue’s extremely close quarters.” – Suzy Wrong
“This is a magnificent new Australian work, easily one of the best plays I have seen that attempts to tackle this subject.” – Lisa Thatcher

Big Crow (2017)

By Mark Langham

Big Crow

The Actors Pulse, Redfern

Big Crow by Mark Langham is based, loosely, on a true story. In the early 1930’s two young Londoners ground down by poverty, Tommy and Albie, were offered a spur of the moment trip to Australia. No sooner had they landed than they were taken to work as virtual slaves on a huge station, completely at the mercy of the station owner Roy, a man who’s life has been a stream of disappointments.
Tommy is a weasel; swift, cunning and potentially fatal. Albie could crush you with his kindness, but only if Tommy told him to… and their desperation has led them to a decision – they’re going to kill Roy. Roy’s wife and daughter disturb the murder but are far more interested in watching than saving him. The murder is put on hold and a dialogue begins.
Creative Team
Writer Mark Langham
Director by Barry Walsh

Producer Charlie Hanson, Luke Holmes
Designer Nicola Block
Stage Manager David Hooley
Amylea Griffin
Charles Jones
Ben Maclaine
Jodine Muir
Liam Smith
But the bells and whistles of the big commercial venues are superfluous when what you are offering is a new Australian story told by actors with a passion for contemporary writing. – The Daily Telegraph
Big Crow by Mark Langham is a provocative confection. – Theatre Red
Sometimes it’s so nice to just sit in an intimate theatre to feel a show… The story is definitely interesting and the production is well realised and rehearsed… Well worth checking out. – Sydney Arts Guide

Resolution (2016)

By Luke Holmes


The Actors Pulse, Redfern

Abigail Woods has tried her whole life to separate herself from her mother Diane, the public and formidable CEO of Olympus Media. But when her mother dies suddenly, Abigail’s life is pulled out of control as she is catapulted into the world of corporate media. It’s about how she survives in an environment where not even she is sure who she is, and about the weight of the responsibility she now carries.

Creative Team

Writer Luke Holmes
Director Sascha Hall
Assistant Director Jade Fuda
Producers Charlie Hanson, Luke Holmes


Jacqueline Marriott
Nicholas Starte
Lauren Lloyd Williams
Deirdre Campbell
Peter Bass

“Jacqueline Marriott is a likeable leading lady… her commitment is faultless”
“Nicholas Starte… impressing us with strong dynamic range and a theatrical effervescence”  – Suzy Goes See

Double Bill: "Last Drinks" & "Two Mouths Four Hands" (2015)

By Jordy Shea and Nicole Dimitriadis

Double Bill: “Last Drinks” & “Two Mouths Four Hands”

Exchange Hotel, Balmain

Last Drinks
The Avalon used to be a lively pub, but now there are only ever three people thereDaniel owns it, Chris seeks refuge in it, and Matt thinks its the best place on Gods earth. The Av’ has become a second home to these blokes, and the perfect place for them to escape the world… something that’s threatened when a tempting offer comes to sell the building. Theyve been tied together through this place since childhood, but however much they love it, their lives may be starting to move on.
Two Mouths Four Hands
One apartment, two friends talking through the night and copious amounts of wineThese friends are close enough that secrets are no longer a problem, until they discover they might still have some left they didnt even know about. He keeps coming back to his first boyfriend he insists hes over, and her carefree attitude towards life and love starts giving way to something more earnest and personal.  They might not be able to fix each others problem, but theyre sure as hell going to try,even if their answers might be fuelled by wine and song lyrics.
Creative Team
Writers Jordy Shea & Nicole Dimitriadis
Directors Luke Holmes & Bokkie Robertson
Producers Luke Holmes & Charlie Hanson
Designer Victor Kalka
Production Manager Charlie Hanson
Bob Deacon
Christopher Nehme
Steve Maresca
Alex Beauman
Georgia Woodward
“Brave New Word is proving they are a wonderful platform for emerging Australian playwrights and theatre practitioners.” – Theatre Now
“Both plays, Last Drinksand Two Mouths Four Hands are light, funny joyful affairs with plenty to think about as stand alone pieces.” – Lisa Thatcher

Of Monopoly And Women (2014)

By Pamela Proestos

Of Monopoly And Women

Exchange Hotel, Balmain

Zoe is an artist. She lives with her two sisters Kate and Ella. Their house moves from peaceful to tense, becoming very uncomfortable to live in, very quickly. They often go without speaking for days (three weeks being their personal best). When Zoe wins a photography competition and the prize is a trip to Paris for two, this further complicates the already tenuous bonds between them. The battle for the second ticket creates greater conflict between Kate and Ella.  High-level manipulation is at play and old wounds are opened, closed and re-opened, just to be sure. The sisters prove that nobody can penetrate the surface better than family and quickly realise the true consequences of choosing to live together as adults. Insults are well-calculated and often pre-mediated and re-used, words are crafted to inflict the greatest hurt and the only possible conclusion they can find is in a game of Monopoly. This is anyone’s game now and only the roll of the dice will decide who comes out on top. Or will it?
Creative Team
Writer Pamela Proestos
Director Sascha Hall
Set and Costume Designer Demitra Alexandria
Lighting and Sound Designer Luke Holmes
Stage Manager Peter Hoekstra-Bass
Production Manager/Producer Charlie Hanson
Ainslie Clouston
Victoria Greiner
Bianca Raess
Mark Taylor
“An excellent production, in a great venue, that you might want to take your sister to.” – Lisa Thatcher
“Ella, Kate and Zoe are multi-dimensioned and likeable women, with inter-playing dynamics that are thoroughly explored and beautifully written.” – Suzy Goes See

Dancing Naked In The Backyard (2014)

By Chris Naylor

Dancing Naked In The Backyard

The Tap Gallery, Darlinghurst

Welcome to Hinton Street, a quiet suburb away from the stress of the city, where the neighbours are like family. A neighbourhood that’s barely changed over the years, until a developer from Sylvan Towers arrives with a new concept: Village Living. 
Lush gardens and parkland, shops, a waterfall feature and comfortable village housing are all promised. Reland plans to give the residents here a new type of development, one that will keep the spirit of their environment. But when Hinton Street starts to experience robberies, houses being de-valued and hidden personal histories then the question arises: Have these problems been there all along, or is Sylvan Towers too good to be true?
Creative Team
Writer Chris Naylor

Director Travis Kecek
Set Designer Hayley Schmidt
Costume Designer Rachel Scane
Lighting and Sound Designer Luke Holmes
Stage Manager Caitlin Chatfield
Production Manager/Producer Charlie Hanson
Sascha Hall
Estelle Healey
Matt Hopkins
Alan Long
Sam Smith
Kara Stewart
Zasu Towel
“This is Brave New Word’s third production of original Australian writing. It’s great to see a young company investing in this. There should be more of it.” – Theatre RED

Triune (2013)

By Luke Holmes


The Tap Gallery, Darlinghurst

At 18, Sam was on the path to achieve great success and wealth.  At 25, he had lost everything and everyone around him. At 33, he was content with a simpler, less ambitious life. But something else happened in the middle. At 25, just as he lost everything, he had two visitors: His 18 and 33 year old selves. For Sam, the question of “if you could go back, would you try to change your life?” just became reality.
Creative Team
Writers James Culbert, Charlie Hanson, Luke Holmes & Simon T Gleeson
Directors Ava Stangherlin & Nick Radinoff
Lighting Designer Luke Holmes
Sound Designer James Culbert
Dramaturge Nicole Dimitriadis
Producer Demitra Alexandria Sealy
Stage Manager Peter Hoekstra-Bass
James Culbert
Simon T Gleeson
Charlie Hanson
Luke Holmes
“An excellent hour of fascinating, thought provoking theatre” – Lisa Thatcher
“A beautiful affirmation of the process of Life” – Theatre RED
“A fulfilling challenge for the audience, and one that keeps us on our toes” – Sydney Arts Guide

Body Language (2013)

By Luke Holmes

Body Language

107 Projects, Redfern

It’s so easy to encourage ambitions – when they don’t directly affect our own. In any relationship, there exists a delicate balance of power. A balance reliant upon sharing: of ourselves, our brightest hopes, darkest fears, and deepest desires. But when success for someone else tips the scale of power away from you, how do you choose between following your ambitions, and destroying those of others?
Creative Team
Writer Luke Holmes
Director Sepy Baghaei
Lighting and Sound Designer Luke Holmes
Production Designer Amy Green
Dramaturge Nicole Dimitriadis
Producer Danica Burch
Production Manager Stef Lindwall
Stage Manager Laura Farran
Nicole Dimitriadis
Charlie Hanson
Travis Kecek
William Koutsoukis
Brenton Layton
Paul Musumeci
Morgan Powell
David Ross
Lilian Shaddick
“Brave New Word have done a great job in creating a fully engaging, mindful night of theatre.” – Lisa Thatcher
“The scenes… are so natural, so warm and funny, they seem like the kind of thing that can only result from the actors bringing a lot of themselves to the roles” – Concrete Playground
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