Sparkling with razor sharp wit and humour, CRUNCH TIME tackles pertinent social issues head-on in this tale of family and duty. Don’t miss Australian theatre heavy-weight David Williamson’s final play before retirement.

It is with great disappointment that we’ve taken the difficult decision to cancel the remaining season of CRUNCH TIME.

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Overview

WORLD PREMIERE

Steve is the typical Aussie bloke, self-assured, social and sports-mad. Recently retired from a high-flying career, he’s passed the family business over to his son Jimmy – a chip off the old block. But his eldest son Luke, an engineer with more of an interest in algebra than AFL, has never quite seen eye-to-eye with his dad and they haven’t spoken in eight years. When Steve suddenly falls ill, time is running out to repair their broken relationship – and Luke and Jimmy will have to go to extreme lengths to fulfil their father’s final wishes.

Sparkling with razor sharp wit and humour, CRUNCH TIME tackles pertinent social issues head-on in this story of family and duty. Directed by Mark Kilmurry with a cast including John Wood (BLUE HEELERS) and Guy Edmonds (BETRAYAL), don’t miss Australian theatre heavyweight David Williamson’s final play before retirement.

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2020 Single TicketsPreviewsIn Season Tickets
Full Price$77$82
Seniors Card$74$79
Pensioner$70$75
Club 30$38$43
Full-Time Student$38$43
MEAA/AWG$38$43
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Reviews

"Williamson's trademark sense of dramatic irony is lively to the end" The Sydney Morning Herald

★★★★½ "Every actor nails the... quirks of their characters" State of the Art

★★★★ "Williamson’s wry humour ingratiates the family with their audience and punctuates their combat" Australian Book Review

"There is as much humour... as joy, tenderness and disappointment" Sydney Arts Guide

"A fine swan song for the finest playwright Australia has ever seen... a show you cannot miss" State of the Art

"The performers bend and expand them [the characters] into rich individuals" Australian Book Review

"All of them deliver lively performances... Director Mark Kilmurry has gathered a strong cast" Limelight

Cast & Creatives
David Williamson

David Williamson

Playwright

Mark Kilmurry

Mark Kilmurry

Director

Janine Watson

Janine Watson

Assistant Director

Diane Craig

Diane Craig

Cast

Megan Drury

Megan Drury

Cast

Guy Edmonds

Guy Edmonds

Cast

Matt Minto

Matt Minto

Cast

Emma Palmer

Emma Palmer

Cast

John Wood

John Wood

Cast

Lauren Peters

Lauren Peters

Set & Costume Designer

Nicholas Higgins

Nicholas Higgins

Lighting Designer

Anthony Lorenz

Anthony Lorenz

Sound Realiser

Brooke Kiss

Brooke Kiss

Stage Manager

Stephanie Lindwall

Stephanie Lindwall

Stage Manager

Renata Beslik

Renata Beslik

Costume Supervisor

Writer's Note

“I always return to writing about families because they shape us and give rise to our most intense emotions, be they tears of joy or tears of rage. CRUNCH TIME is about a family at crisis point, with no easy way out. It’s often blackly funny but hopefully doesn’t dodge life’s biggest and most pressing question – ‘What’s it all about?’ ” – Playwright David Williamson

Watch the Trailer

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Photography: Prudence Upton

DOWNLOAD THE PROGRAM

Want to know more about CRUNCH TIME? Our downloadable program is full of exciting extra tidbits about the show. You’ll find a message from playwright David Williamson, a director’s note from Mark Kilmurry, a timeline of David Williamson’s productions at Ensemble Theatre, synopsis, photos of the rehearsals and more!

DOWNLOAD THE PROGRAM (PDF)