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Oil

Heath Ledger Theatre
05 Nov - 27 Nov Tickets between $30.00 - $110.00
05 Nov
TO  -
27 Nov
Tickets between $30.00 - $110.00

Oil

By Ella Hickson

How do we manage our finite resources? Is there any resource more infinite than love?

From the stage of London’s Almeida Theatre hails this epic, explosive play about empire, history, and motherhood as it charts the lifespan of one of our most precious commodities. Starring Hayley McElhinney (Doctor Doctor, The Cherry Orchard) with a formidable ensemble of actors under the direction of Adam Mitchell (When the Rain Stops Falling, Every Brilliant Thing), Oil is an exciting and relevant new work for our time and place.

1886, Cornwall, a family are preparing for dinner by candlelight. A salesman arrives at their farm to demonstrate a wonderful new discovery - the kerosene lamp. The age of oil is beginning.

Spanning 150 years and traversing the globe through Tehran, Hampstead, Baghdad, and then back to Cornwall, Oil is the time travelling story of mother May and her daughter Amy as they navigate a shifting world.

“Oil is everything great theatre should be; ambitious, exciting, and brimming with heart. It takes us on a journey of big ideas in the search for light. It’s the kind of play that comes about once in a decade.”
Adam Mitchell, Director.

“Scorchingly ambitious, with plenty of renewable energy.” ★★★★★ The Guardian.

Image by Frances Andrijich.

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  • Dates

    05 Nov - 27 Nov

    Venue

    Heath Ledger Theatre

    Pricing

    Tickets between $30.00 - $110.00

    Recommended age

    15+

    Duration

    2 hrs 20 minutes (including interval)

    Warning

    Adult themes, sexual intimidation, coarse language, depictions of sexual scenes, use of herbal cigarettes, racism, islamaphobia and possible use of stage firearms.

  • PREMIUM

    • $110.00 Adult

    A-RESERVE

    • $119.00 Adult
    • $95.00 Concession
    • $79.00 Preview/Matinee Performances
    • $46.00 Student

    B-RESERVE

    • $79.00 Adult
    • $63.00 Concession
    • $63.00 Preview/Matinee Performances
    • $46.00 Student

    GROUPS (8+)

    • $63.00 A-Reserve
    • $46.00 Schools (10+) Receive 1 complimentary ticket for every 10 tickets purchased
    • For group bookings phone (08) 6212 9291 or email groups@ptt.wa.gov.au

    PRICING & FEE INFORMATION

    • All online purchases will be subject to handling fees: $3.95 if cart is $36.00 or less, $5.95 if cart is more than $36.00.
    • Add $2.00 for Standard Mail & $4.40 for Registered Mail. All tickets prices include GST if applicable and are quoted in AUD.
    • For accessible booking information please visit the State Theatre Centre's website. We recommend all accessible bookings are made at the venue box office or by calling (08) 6212 9292.


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ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES

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Saturday / November 05 2022
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Monday / November 07 2022
7:30pm
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Tuesday / November 08 2022
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Wednesday / November 09 2022
7:30pm
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Opening Night
2 hrs 20 minutes (including interval)
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Thursday / November 10 2022
7:30pm
2 hrs 20 minutes (including interval)
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Friday / November 11 2022
7:30pm
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Saturday / November 12 2022
7:30pm
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Tuesday / November 15 2022
6:30pm
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Wednesday / November 16 2022
6:30pm
2 hrs 20 minutes (including interval)
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Thursday / November 17 2022
7:30pm
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Friday / November 18 2022
7:30pm
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Saturday / November 19 2022
2:00pm
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Matinee
2 hrs 20 minutes (including interval)
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  • Auslan signed performance
  • Captioned

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Saturday / November 19 2022
7:30pm
2 hrs 20 minutes (including interval)
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Sunday / November 20 2022
5:00pm
2 hrs 20 minutes (including interval)
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Tuesday / November 22 2022
6:30pm
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Post Show Q&A
2 hrs 20 minutes (including interval)
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  • Auslan signed performance

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Wednesday / November 23 2022
11:30am
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Wednesday / November 23 2022
6:30pm
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Thursday / November 24 2022
7:30pm
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Friday / November 25 2022
7:30pm
2 hrs 20 minutes (including interval)
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Saturday / November 26 2022
7:30pm
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Sunday / November 27 2022
5:00pm
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Closing Night
2 hrs 20 minutes (including interval)
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Oil

Saturday / November 05 2022
Heath Ledger Theatre
2 hrs 20 minutes (including interval)
7:30pm
P
Preview

Oil

Monday / November 07 2022
Heath Ledger Theatre
2 hrs 20 minutes (including interval)
7:30pm
P
Preview

Oil

Tuesday / November 08 2022
Heath Ledger Theatre
2 hrs 20 minutes (including interval)
7:30pm
P
Preview

Oil

Sold Out
Wednesday / November 09 2022
Heath Ledger Theatre
2 hrs 20 minutes (including interval)
7:30pm
O
Opening Night

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Thursday / November 10 2022
Heath Ledger Theatre
2 hrs 20 minutes (including interval)

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Friday / November 11 2022
Heath Ledger Theatre
2 hrs 20 minutes (including interval)

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Saturday / November 12 2022
Heath Ledger Theatre
2 hrs 20 minutes (including interval)

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Tuesday / November 15 2022
Heath Ledger Theatre
2 hrs 20 minutes (including interval)

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Wednesday / November 16 2022
Heath Ledger Theatre
2 hrs 20 minutes (including interval)

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Thursday / November 17 2022
Heath Ledger Theatre
2 hrs 20 minutes (including interval)

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Friday / November 18 2022
Heath Ledger Theatre
2 hrs 20 minutes (including interval)

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Saturday / November 19 2022
Heath Ledger Theatre
2 hrs 20 minutes (including interval)
  • Auslan signed performance
  • Captioned
2:00pm
M
Matinee

Oil

Saturday / November 19 2022
Heath Ledger Theatre
2 hrs 20 minutes (including interval)

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Sunday / November 20 2022
Heath Ledger Theatre
2 hrs 20 minutes (including interval)

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Tuesday / November 22 2022
Heath Ledger Theatre
2 hrs 20 minutes (including interval)
  • Auslan signed performance
6:30pm
Q
Post Show Q&A

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Wednesday / November 23 2022
Heath Ledger Theatre
2 hrs 20 minutes (including interval)
11:30am
M
Matinee

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Wednesday / November 23 2022
Heath Ledger Theatre
2 hrs 20 minutes (including interval)

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Thursday / November 24 2022
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2 hrs 20 minutes (including interval)

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Friday / November 25 2022
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2 hrs 20 minutes (including interval)

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Saturday / November 26 2022
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2 hrs 20 minutes (including interval)

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Sunday / November 27 2022
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Artists

  • Grace Chow, Cast

    Grace Chow

    Cast

  • Hayley McElhinney, Cast

    Hayley McElhinney

    Cast

  • Adam Mitchell, Director

    Adam Mitchell

    Director

  • Ella Hickson, Writer

    Ella Hickson

    Writer

  • Zoë Atkinson, Set & Costume Designer

    Zoë Atkinson

    Set & Costume Designer

  • Melanie Robinson, Composer & Sound Designer

    Melanie Robinson

    Composer & Sound Designer

Grace Chow, Cast

Grace Chow

Cast

Hayley McElhinney, Cast

Hayley McElhinney

Cast

Adam Mitchell, Director

Adam Mitchell

Director

Ella Hickson, Writer

Ella Hickson

Writer

Zoë Atkinson, Set & Costume Designer

Zoë Atkinson

Set & Costume Designer

Melanie Robinson, Composer & Sound Designer

Melanie Robinson

Composer & Sound Designer

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