4 Jun 2016 to 2 Jul 2016
Tues-Sun at various times
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75 mins
Ensemble Theatre - Kirribilli
All normal ATYP booking prices apply $25-$35
when booked via ATYP link on this page
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and quote ATYP price.
Recommended Age 12+

02 9270 2400

The Big Dry

By Mark Kilmurry adapted from the novel by Tony Davis
Presented with Ensemble Theatre
Director Fraser Corfield
Dramaturg Jane FitzGerald

Sydney Scoop

"Directed by Fraser Corfield, ​The Big Dry is a tense, gripping production that will have you on the edge of your seat."

“What’s impressive about this show is the cast. I can’t think of another play where, in its professional debut, the responsibility of performance is given entirely to children.”
Theatre Now

“It's hard not to be engaged by George and Beeper's struggle.”
Sydney Morning Herald

“75 minutes of absorbing drama...Recommended”
Stage Noise

The Big Dry is gripping theatre that opens discussion about climate change, family, scarcity of food and water, stranger-danger, young people vulnerable to adult power, loyalty, courage and survival.”
Susanne Gervay, Buzzwords

“Young actor Sofia Nolan puts on an accomplished performance as Emily.”


Imagine a world of dust. A future where water drips brown from the taps. Where dust storms reduce houses to rubble. Where a young boy, George, and his younger brother, Beeper, fight to survive as they wait for their father to return home. Then a girl breaks in. Two’s company but three is a problem. 

The Big Dry sees ATYP team up with Sydney’s iconic Ensemble Theatre in a creative collaboration driven by Artistic Directors Fraser Corfield and Mark Kilmurry. A cast of exceptional young professional actors drive this frightening tale of children abandoned in a hostile world.

A haunting and exquisitely written story that will leave readers wondering if this could be our future.  Kid’s Book Review

The Big Dry, by Tony Davis, is an unsettling and evocative depiction of dystopian fiction at its very best. It tells the story of three young people battling a world gone horribly wrong. Beautifully and economically told, it is one of those stories that touch your heart, stays with you long after you’ve finished the final page and says much about the human condition.

Recommended for Ages 12+









Photographer: Amelia J Dowd
Designer: Justin Stambouliah
Talent: Easton Churchill