new fitz play #6


4 - 12 AUGUST

Proudly presented by Poor Tom's Gin & Mark Blumer, and supported by Playwriting Australia, SBW Foundation & ambassador Louis Nowra.

The Telescope is inspired by the real-life case of China's Guizhou Province where over 9,000 people were forcibly removed from their homes in 2015 in order to make way for construction of the world's largest radio telescope, designed to search for extraterrestrial life.

Deep in Sydney suburbia, it’s the last night before construction of one such telescope is due to start, beginning with demolition of the Lipman home and their surrounding suburb. Lenny returns home to enjoy a final meal in the family home of 35 years with her parents Gil and Jane, and brother Daniel. She assumes that the family will use the government’s compensation to simply purchase a new family home, but her family have other ideas...

The Telescope is a gently absurdist piece that seeks to interrogate the very idea of family.  

Tel Benjamin
Alison Chambers
Cecilia Morrow
Nicholas Papademetriou

Written by Brooke Robinson
Directed by Carissa Licciardello
Produced by Red Line Productions
Design by Elia Bosshard
Sound Design by Julian Starr
Stage Management by Charlotte Smith

Tuesday - Saturday: 6:15 PM
Sunday: 4:30 PM

Duration: 40 Minutes


Created, developed and produced by Red Line Productions, the New Fitz 2017 Program pairs emerging writers and directors on 10 brand new Australian works commissioned exclusively, each to feature in conjunction with the shows in our 2017 Main Stage program at The Old Fitz Theatre.

“This is a unique and compelling idea. To have playwrights react to, reflect upon, and imaginatively re-invent ideas, stories or characters from other plays being staged, and then have the original and the re-make in tandem, is a potentially wonderful method of reinterpretation that will lead to some wonderful work. I’m certain that this challenging concept will bring out the best in many playwrights and will result in future productions where these works survive as stand-alone plays of importance.” 
Louis Nowra, Ambassador, New Fitz 2017



Brooke is a London based playwright. Recent works-in-progress have been shown at Theatre 503 and the Traverse Theatre in the UK. She was twice longlisted and once shortlisted for the Old Vic 12 UK playwriting commission and completed Stephen Jeffreys' invitational playwriting programme at RADA, London. In 2017 she was shortlisted for the Griffin award and is one of six artists to be commissioned for 'Imagine 2037', the imaginary theatre festival for the British Council's 20th Anniversary Edinburgh Showcase.

Seating at The Old Fitz Theatre is unreserved.

Drinks are permitted in the theatre. Food is not permitted under any circumstances. This includes bar chips/nuts.

Please note there is a lockout policy in place on all shows at The Old Fitz Theatre. Latecomers are not permitted to enter during the performance and there is a no refunds/exchanges policy in place with regards to latecomers. Please contact or 0416 044 413 with any issues.