By Thomas Weatherall

Season Finished
Scott Theatre, University of Adelaide

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It’s just me and the water.

Mark has always wanted to be a writer. His mum’s a writer too, and together they’d spend hours reading and writing in their garden. When Mark moves out of his childhood home and into his first share flat, he and his mum stay connected by exchanging letters. When Mark one day receives a letter with the news too painful to bear, he seeks solace in the sea – the source of his fondest yet most agonising memories.

Written by Balnaves Fellow, AACTA and Logie Award-winner and Kamilaroi man Thomas Weatherall, Blue is a breathtaking deep dive into the beauty, comedy, joy and sadness of growing up.

Following a hit premiere season at Belvoir St Theatre and coming to our stage as part of the 2024 Adelaide Festival, Weatherall’s captivating play paints a vivid picture of a young man’s life, coloured by tragedy, loss, and love.

Directed by Deborah Brown, Senior Artist for Bangarra Dance Theatre with video design by David Bergman, acclaimed for his ingenious film work on The Picture of Dorian Gray with set and lighting design by Jacob Nash and Chloe Ogilvie (both of At What Cost? success), this stunning production will, like Girls & Boys, provide the perfect vehicle for one of Australia’s most talented actors, Wiradjuri man Callan Purcell, recently seen as Aaron Burr in Hamilton.


An impressive debut by a talented young artist who writes with a freshness and vulnerability.” – The Sydney Morning Herald

Breathtaking visual transformations that move us beyond the capacity of words.” – Suzy Goes See

Show Info

This performance contains strong language, smoking on stage, references to suicide, and utilises theatrical smoke and haze.

Recommended for audiences 15+.

If you wish to read detailed content notes, please download our “What to Expect” guide here. *Please note that this guide contains spoilers.

Should you have any questions or concerns, or would like to request more details about the content of this production, please email us at

1hr 20mins, no interval.

Creative Team

  • Written by

    Thomas Weatherall
  • Director

    Deborah Brown
  • Set & Costume Designer

    Jacob Nash
  • Set & Costume Designer

    Cris Baldwin
  • Lighting Designer

    Chloe Ogilvie
  • Sound Designer & Composer

    Wil Hughes
  • Video Designer

    David Bergman
  • Vocal Coach

    Laura Farrell
  • Dramaturg

    Dom Mercer
  • Dramaturgical Consultant

    Kodie Bedford
  • Starring

    Callan Purcell


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Single Ticket Prices

Adult $75.00
Concession $65.00
Under 30, Full Time Student $39.00

Adult $85.00
Concession $75.00
Under 30, Full Time Student $39.00

All bookings incur an $9.25 transaction fee.
Visit the Ticket Price page for the full list of subscription and single ticket prices.

Access Performances

Audio Described Performances and Pre-Show Briefing for blind and vision impaired patrons
Saturday, 9 March, 1.00pm (briefing), 2.00pm (performance)
Tuesday, 12 March, 7.00pm (briefing), 8.00pm (performance), with a post-show Q&A

Wheelchair access & Companion Cards
Wheelchair accessible seats, companion cards and other accessible bookings can be made via phone on 08 8415 5353 (Monday – Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm), or via email at

Visit the Access page for more information on our Access Program.


Post Show Q&As
We hold Q&As with our artists and creative teams so that you can ask questions about the production.
– Tuesday, 12 March


Venue Access

This show is being held at the Scott Theatre at the University of Adelaide.

The Scott Theatre has designated wheelchair accessible unisex toilet/s.

Getting to the Venue

The University of Adelaide, Kintore Ave
(08) 8303 5151

Public Transport
Bus Stop G1 or G3 North Terrace – North Side
Bus Stop T2 North Terrace – South Side

For more information on public transport services, call Adelaide Metro on 1300 311 108, or download the metroMATE app, or visit

Driving to your event?
Visit UPark to find the closest car park to your venue. We recommend UPark Gawler Place.

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