A BROADCAST COUP – cancellation

Update from our Artistic Director

24 March 2020

I’m deeply saddened to share with you that yet another show has succumbed to the devastating impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Under the current circumstances, rehearsals for A BROADCAST COUP have paused, meaning the play will not proceed as originally scheduled.

My heart goes out to writer Melanie Tait, director Priscilla Jackman and all the the cast and creatives who’ve been working so hard to bring this brand new Australian work to life.

This follows the precautionary measures we took to postpone CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF DAVID WILLIAMSON and cancel the remaining season of CRUNCH TIME. We are assessing what this means for future plays considering the NSW Government’s Public Health Order banning indoor gatherings of more than 100 people until 16 June 2020 and the most recent order from the Australian Government to close certain facilities, including theatres, which will be reviewed monthly.

I cannot stress enough how grateful we are to you, our wonderful audience, for your understanding and patience while our core team remain committed to delivering the best customer service. As I’m sure you appreciate, it may take them slightly longer to get back to you, but we will respond.

The generous donations of ticket prices is so heartening, particularly during these difficult circumstances. Ticket sales amount to almost 90% of our overall income and as we have no ongoing government funding, every ticket sold is crucial to our survival. However with your support we are very hopeful about continuing to offer theatre for everyone. Our creative team is developing innovative ways to share our stories and provide a welcome distraction during these extremely challenging times.

We really appreciate all the messages of support that have been flooding in. Thank you.

I wish you all the best of health and look forward to throwing open our doors and welcoming you back to Ensemble with open arms.

Mark Kilmurry
Artistic Director


Impacted Performances:

  • Postponed CELEBRATING 50 YEARS WITH DAVID WILLIAMSON | 23 Mar – we will be in touch with a new date in due course.
  • Cancelled CRUNCH TIME | until 9 Apr – please review ticket options below and email your preference to, including CRUNCH TIME in the subject line.
  • Cancelled A BROADCAST COUP | 17 Apr – 23 May – please review ticket options below and email your preference to, including A BROADCAST COUP in the subject line.


Ticket Options

Due to the unprecedented volume of enquiries, our small team is working hard to contact CRUNCH TIME and A BROADCAST COUP ticket holders by priority of performance date. Please wait until we’ve been in touch and reply accordingly.

Another way to watch CRUNCH TIME
As they say ‘the show must go on’ and our committed cast and crew staged a special performance for a broadcast quality recording. Offered exclusively to CRUNCH TIME ticket holders, for a tax-deductible donation of your ticket price you can still enjoy David Williamson’s final play from the safety and comfort of your own home. Felt by many arts organisations, the impact of cancelling performances is substantial and, as always, we are so grateful for your support. Should you choose this generous option, we will be in contact with viewing details, including a password protected link, in the near future.

Tax-deductible donation
Ensemble Theatre is a small, not for profit organisation that operates without ongoing government funding and sponsorship. We’re committed to presenting theatre for everyone, giving voice to diverse stories and nurturing new Australian talent. Theatre stimulates conversation, triggers the imagination and brings communities closer together. So if you’re able to, please consider donating your ticket price to help ensure we can continue to present quality productions into the future.

Credit voucher, valid for 1 year
Convert your ticket to a credit voucher which can be used towards any future Ensemble Theatre season play or dining at Bayly’s Bistro.

If the above options are not suitable, we will of course arrange a ticket refund as soon as possible.


Future Performances

While we are stretched to capacity, and the situation continues to change, we would really appreciate if you could hold off contacting us about future shows. We will continue to act on advice from the Australian Government Department of Health and Live Performance Australia, the national peak body for the live performance industry, keeping you up to date with any changes affecting Ensemble Theatre.


For the latest information on novel coronavirus visit or call the Australian Government Department of Health Coronavirus Information Line 1800 020 080 or the NSW Health Hotline 1800 022 222. Both lines operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.