Extinction by Hannie Rayson

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  • Heath Ledger Theatre

About the Play

The death of an endangered tiger quoll is the critical backdrop to an Australian story about our very survival.

Andy Dixon is a vet who believes strongly in preserving the environment and our natural resources. When his lover, the determined conservation biologist Dr Piper Ross, agrees to undertake research paid for by the CEO of a mining company, he begins to question her methods and his feelings toward her.

Little does she know that Andy has been diagnosed with a rare illness, and his life is in as much danger as the species she is trying to save.

From the mind of Helpmann Award-winning Australian playwright, Hannie Rayson (Hotel Sorrento, Life After George), comes the world premiere of Extinction, a unique drama with a timely and important message of environmental awareness and conservation.

World Premiere.

Extinction was originally commissioned by the Manhattan Theatre Club, Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director, Barry Grove, Executive Producer with funds provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Cast & Creatives

Cast Includes: Hannah Day, Matt Dyktynski, Sarah McNeill and Myles Pollard.

Directed by Stuart Halusz.

Designers: Set & Costume Designer Bryan Woltjen, Lighting Designer Trent Suidgeest, Sound Design/Composer Ben Collins.


"Crackles with unexpected wit... A deeply grounded piece of theatre... and refreshingly real." The Australian

"It is a long time since I have heard such an enthusiastic final applause from an audience. The ‘Quollity of enthusiasm was not restrained’, a superbly written, uplifting, wonderful night’s entertainment by a skilled cast." Independent Theatre Association

"Amazing performances and a fantastic play - best Black Swan play I've seen for years!" Maya, patron

"Extinction is deep, it is entertaining... some classic moments that had me in stitches. Loved it." Perth Walkabout

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