Dead Centre/Sea Wall

Co-Presented by Red Stitch Actors Theatre and Red Line Productions


DEAD CENTRE by Tom Holloway and SEA WALL by Simon Stephens

Directed by Julian Meyrick

Starring Rosie Lockhart and Ben Prendergast

20 October - 14 November

“I tell you…Australia…There is something that hangs in the air but is never acknowledged. And I know what it is.”

In an exciting cross-continental theatrical endeavour, combining the talents of two award-winning writers, Tom Holloway (Aus) and Simon Stephens (UK) we bring you Dead Centre Sea WallDead Centre was commissioned by Red Stitch Actors Theatre as a companion piece to Stephens’ acclaimed Sea Wall. Following acclaimed Seasons at Red Stitch, Darwin & Brisbane Festivals, Red Stitch and Red Line bring this unique world premiere collaboration to Sydney audiences for the first time.

A man and a woman have been torn apart by an extraordinary event and find themselves on opposites sides of the world. In Dead Centre we meet Helen, inspired by a Fosters ad, she journeys to the land of Neighbours and Uluru in search of solace. In Stephens’ Sea Wall, Alex invites us into his life and all that he cherishes. Bound together by their shared pain and living thousands of miles apart, Dead Centre / Sea Wall explores the lives of these two seemingly unconnected people in unexpected and heart-rending ways. 

"Powerful… Inspired… Brilliantly sustained." ★★★★ The Age

"The performances by Lockhart & Prendergast are magnetic." ★★★★ Time Out Sydney

"Lockhart and Prendergast scale their performances to fit this intimate venue perfectly. Making eye contact with everyone in the room, both actors have the audience in the palm of their hand yet neither exploits it." ★★★★ Jason Blake SMH

"The play runs for an hour but I would have loved two hours of these glorious performers… do not miss this one!" Jenny Bromberger

"There is no moment, word or image wasted in Dead Centre | Sea Wall." ★★★★½  Arts Hub

"These two playwrights ask us to ponder the bigger questions in life. They do this with sensitivity and courage." ★★★★ Theatre People

"Both actors faultless... it is theatre that demands a strong emotion from the audience." ★★★★ The Daily Review

"A production of sheer perfection."  Stage Whispers

Set & Lighting Designer: Matthew Adey – House of Vnholy

Composer & Sound Designer: Ian Moorhead
Digital Designer: Katie Cavanagh
Dramaturg: Julian Meyrick
Stage Manager: Melissa Place
Production Manager: Jacob Battista

Ticket prices: $35 Adult $30 Concession $25 Previews and Cheap Tuesday (all tickets include $2 booking fee)

Times: Tues – Sat 7:30pm, Sun 5pm

Watch the trailer…