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WHAT:  For 12 nights across two weeks, Old 505 Theatre will come alive with new Australian works that explore what it means to seek ASYLUM.

Operation Sovereign Borders was the policy the Coalition government took to the September 2013 Federal election - a military-led response to ‘combat people smuggling and protect Australia’s borders’.

Playwrights from across the country have been invited to create new plays that respond to one of the most contested ideas in Australia’s identity. How will our stage respond to Operation Sovereign Borders? What do our great storytellers have to say? The selected plays have been matched to directors and actors for two weeks of quick-response theatre.

All artists involved will waive their fees so that ticket sales can be donated, in full, to the Asylum Seekers Centre in Newtown & the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) in Melbourne.

Please read the program carefully. Works only play on the dates listed under each block. Select your date and then proceed to book for that session. 

For show synopses, directors and actors : CLICK HERE

Please note, the program will largely take the form of staged readings. 



[Tuesday 3rd 8PM, Saturday 7th 2PM, Friday 13th 8PM]

Flying Fish Cove - Hilary Bell

63 Days - Christopher Bryant

Why We Run - Tasnim Hossain

Day 48 - Cybele McNeill


[Wednesday 4th 8PM, Saturday 7th 8PM, Sunday 15th 5PM]

Missy and her Master [A Fable] - Elias Jamieson Brown

Self-service - Mary Rachel Brown

Meena - Noëlle Janaczewska

Gol Pari - Amir Mohammadi

I Could be You - Hoa Pham

Bread and Butter - Melita Rowston


[Thursday 5th 8PM, Sunday 8th 5PM, Saturday 14th 2PM]

Bathers on the Sand [A Soundscape] - Emily Ayoub, Ben Pierpoint, Madeline Baghurst & Jack Murray

Project 949 - Victoria Haralabidou

Untitled - Michele Lee

A Puppet Show for All Ages - Georgia Symons

A Confession - Eleanor Rex


[Tuesday 10th 8PM, Thursday 12th 8PM, Saturday 14th 8PM]

Fitting Into Wageni- Irene Assumpter

Going for Gold - Noëlle Janaczewska

Where The Breath Is Kept - Laura Lethlean

Darker Angels - Ross Mueller

These People - Sheila Pham

Nil by Sea - Katie Pollock


[Friday 6th 8PM, Wednesday 11th 8PM]

3 Angry Refugees - Tania Cañas

The Danger of Safety - Paul Gilchrist

Safekeeping - Steven McCall

The Complete Guide - Ruth Melville


The Old 505 Theatre

Suite 505, 342 Elizabeth St

Surry Hills, NSW 2010