Shrine by Tim Winton

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  • Heath Ledger Theatre

About the Play

Shrine is set above the rocky headlands of the South Coast of Western Australia, between a forest and the sea. It's wine country, and a privileged young man, Jack, has been killed driving friends back to Perth from his parents' beach house.

Jack leaves in his wake a wreck of a father, a shadow of a mother, and the promise of a love affair that never quite happened.

A year later, Jack's father Adam meets the small town girl, June, who shared a strange and life changing night with Jack hours before he died. Domestic heartbreak transcends into mythology in a landscape inhabited by ghosts. After Rising Water and Signs of LifeShrine is the third play by Tim Winton about the iconic Western Australian landscape and its inhabitants.

Shrine is also the second Tim Winton play featuring Silver Logie Award winner John Howard.

Tim Winton’s awards are too numerous to list. He is the only author to have won the Miles Franklin Award four times and was shortlisted twice for the Man Booker Prize.

"Anyone who has floated in the sea at night, when the water and the horizon become one, will understand the power and promise of Shrine. Exquisitely wrought, this play excavates the perils and joys of being young and beautiful, and the possibility of finding solace in the most unlikely of people." Kate Cherry

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Cast & Creatives

Cast Includes: Paul Ashcroft, John Howard, Luke McMahon, Will McNeill, Sarah McNeill, Whitney Richards

Director: Kate Cherry

Assitant Director: Emily McLean

Movement Director: Chrissie Parrot

Designers: Set & Lighting Designer Trent Suidgeest, Costume Designer Fiona Bruce, Sound Designer Ben Collins


"Tim Winton at his VERY best, backed by a stunning cast." Theatre Australia

"Distinctly West Australian ... left me in silent awe." Perth Walkabout

"... a hypnotic rhapsody of love and pain. You can almost taste the seawater." Colosoul

"Fantastic, engrossing and thought provoking! And exceptional acting from John Howard that nearly had you in tears one minute then laughing the next. I could hear the words being spoken as though I was reading a Tim Winton book myself." Julie, patron

"Logie-winning actor John Howard and Sarah McNeill strike strong emotional chords as the bereft parents, but the standout performance is by Whitney Richards." The Australian

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