knock 'em down theatre
knock 'em down theatre


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by Mary Anne Butler
directed by Gail Evans

Chief Minister’s NT Book of the Year, 2018
Victorian Prize for Literature, 2016
Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Drama, 2016
Northern Territory Literary Award Best Script, 2014
Shortlisted Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting [NSW Premier’s Literary Awards], 2016
Shortlisted Griffin Theatre Award [NSW], 2014

Knock-em-Down Theatre and Brown’s Mart Productions, 2015
Knock-em-Down Theatre, Darwin Festival and Artback NT, 2016


“…a brutal and bare-knuckled play that kicks you in the head–and the guts–from the first minute” Crikey

“This is some of Australia’s freshest and most exciting work and it manages to peer into and reexamine some of the iconic and romantic images we have of the Australian identity.” ArtsHub

“A compelling roller coaster ride to a whodunit-style revelation… Broken is a powerfully immersive production which deserves to be seen nationally.” RealTime


A car crash in the Central Desert. A broken man, about to leave his wife, who has a deep, dark secret of her own. Broken entwines the stories of three complex lives as they unfold on a single fateful night in the heart of Australia’s desert country.

A distinctively NT work with a universal theme. BROKEN wrestles with matters of chance, choice, hope and fate - posing the question: When you find yourself empty, how do you start again?


Brown’s Mart Theatre BUILD UP Program: two-week development followed by rehearsed reading to selected stakeholders, under direction of Gail Evans, 2013.


17 - 29 March 2015, Brown’s Mart Theatre

Matthew Edgerton as Ham
Rosealee Pearson as Ash
Ciella Williams as Mia

Set and costume - Kris Bird
Sound - Matthew Cunliffe
Lighting - Sean Pardy
Production - Kelly Blumberg

10-14 August 2016 Darwin Festival
16-22 August 2016 Artback NT Regional tour

Gus Murray as Ham
Shaynee Brayshaw as Ash
Ciella Williams as Mia


Published by Currency Press, 2016

Available on Australian Plays

Photos by Glenn Campbell