Managing Carmen by David Williamson

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  • Heath Ledger Theatre

About the Play

Brent Lyall is a freakish young sporting talent. At the age of twenty-three, the country lad is already captain of one of the most successful football clubs in the land. He is managed by the ruthless and famous sports manager Rohan Swift, a foulmouthed bully of legendary status. 

Not only is Brent paid a prodigious amount of money to play AFL football, he makes three times as much with product endorsements: the advertisers simply love him and his glamorous model girlfriend. But he should be raking in a lot more advertising cash – if only he wasn't so guarded in front of every camera!

Rohan is determined not to let Brent’s uptight performance get in the way of rich endorsement earnings and hires a psychologist to unleash Brent’s on-camera talent. But as Rohan finds out, Brent is not quite the simple country boy he seems: He has a secret passion for cross-dressing.

Brent’s carefully managed career is in jeopardy and Rohan needs to come up with an emergency plan to keep Brent’s career and earning potential on track!

"A laugh out loud comedy for anyone who likes football or designer dresses. Nobody writes about Australian football like David Williamson; this is a crackling funny dissection of stereotypes in sport." Kate Cherry

WORLD PREMIERE. A co-production with Queensland Theatre Company.

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Cast & Creatives

Cast includes: John Batchelor, Timothy Dashwood, Claire Lovering, Anna McGahan, Greg McNeill

Director: Wesley Enoch

Designers: Set & Costume Designer Richard Roberts, Lighting Designer Trent Suidgeest, Sound Designer Tony Brumpton, AV Designer Declan McMonagle, Assistant AV Designer Tim Roane


“Hilarious ... the audience loved it … a premiership-winning performance” The Australian

"Red Dog star John Batchelor is hilarious ... left most members of the audience grinning like winners once the final siren sounded." Perth Now

"[The] finish had the crowd on their feet and cheering ... The Pav himself had a good time" The West Australian

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