State Theatre Company South Australia and Country Arts SA in association with Flinders University present


By Caleb Lewis

Season Finished
Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre (and touring South Australia)

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I've come to bring you home.

A man kneels by his dive gear. It’s late afternoon on the Limestone Coast. He has a story to tell. It starts in the water.

A powerful, visceral and form-busting new work by award-winning South Australian born playwright Caleb Lewis, Cathedral is a thriller, a family drama and an epic journey of self-discovery.

From Mount Gambier to Thailand to the North Sea, from soaring first love to shattering loss to ultimate hope, this powerful story ponders a diver’s life shaped by the ocean, and its power to both upend and heal.

Beloved Adelaide actor Nathan O’Keefe (Gaslight, Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors) returns to State Theatre Company South Australia to become the man at the centre of this riveting and suspenseful one-person show directed by rising South Australian star Shannon Rush (Limit). Like Complicite’s The Encounter, Cathedral uses technology and soundscape to provide the theatrical pool in which this compelling story will swim.

An ultimately life-affirming piece of storytelling, Cathedral asks the question: do we turn away from our pain, or dive right in?

Nathan is that rare beast who can transform in front of your eyes into shapes and people you’ve never seen before and I know Caleb’s tender and heartfelt play will provide another platform for Nathan’s genius. We’re so thrilled to be partnering once more with Country Arts SA on this production after our combined success on Euphoria. Audiences are in for a similar treat. Mitchell

Content: Coarse language, adult themes, strobe effects, haze effects, loud noises
Age Guide: 15+
Run Time: Approx 85 minutes (no interval)

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  • Director

    Shannon Rush
  • Set & Costume Designer

    Kathryn Sproul
  • Lighting / Video Designer

    Mark Oakley
  • Sound Designer / Composer

    Andrew Howard
  • Starring

    Nathan O'Keefe


Single tickets are now on sale!

Save 22% on tickets prices by booking Cathedral as part of a 2022 State Theatre Company South Australia Subscription.


Single Ticket Prices

Adult $70.00
Concession $60.00
Under 30, Full Time Student $39.00

Adult $80.00
Concession $70.00
Under 30, Full Time Student $39.00

Booking fees apply.


Rush Tickets

For all remaining CATHEDRAL performances, we’re offering $39 Rush Tix at the Dunstan Playhouse Box Office from one hour before each show. Subject to availability and booking fees apply. Rush tickets can be purchased from the venue box office and must be paid for via credit/debit card as the venues are now cashless.

7.30pm Friday 20 May

2.00pm Saturday 21 May

7.30pm Saturday 21 May

Access Performances

Audio Described Performances and Pre-Show Briefing
Monday 16 May, 5.30pm (briefing), 6.30pm (performance with post-show Q and A) – Click here to book
Saturday 21 May, 1pm (briefing), 2pm (performance) – Click here to book

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Subscriber Briefing

2022 Subscribers are invited to join us on Monday 2 May for an exclusive Subscriber Briefing to learn more about the creation of the show. Click here for more information and to register to attend.

Post Show Q&As

We hold Q&As with our artists and creative teams so that you can ask questions about the production.

A Date With State

Supported by SA Health’s Office for Ageing Well, our new A Date With State program aims to support older and socially isolated patrons to continue to attend the theatre despite life changes, such as the loss of a partner or new living circumstances. To join the A Date With State pre-show function, please purchase a ticket to the performance at 2pm on Saturday, 21 May and then complete the event registration form.

Education & Regional Tour

Golden Grove Arts Centre: Monday 23 May, 12.30pm (School Performance)

Murray Bridge Town Hall: Wednesday 25 May, 12.30pm (School Performance)

Matthew Flinders Theatre, Flinders University: Thursday 26 May, 12.30pm (School Performance)

Mount Gambier, Sir Robert Helpman Theatre: Monday 30 May, 7:00pm

Mount Gambier, Sir Robert Helpman Theatre: Tuesday 31 May, 11.00am (School Performance)

Renmark, Chaffey Theatre: Friday 3 June, 7.00pm

Port Lincoln, Nautilus Theatre: Monday 6 June, 7:00pm 

Port Lincoln, Nautilus Theatre: Tuesday 7 June, 11.00am (School Performance)

Port Augusta, Lea Theatre: Wednesday 8 June, 7.00pm 

Port Augusta, Lea Theatre: Thursday 9 June, 11.00am (School Performance)

Port Pirie, Northern Festival Centre: Friday 10 June, 12.30pm 


For more information about School Performances (including regional performances) of Cathedral, please visit the State Educate page.

For information about and to book a regional tour performance, please visit Country Arts South Australia.


Venue Access

Cathedral is being held at the Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre.

The recommended Dunstan Playhouse and Space Theatre drop off zone is at the northern end of the Riverbank Footbridge on War Memorial Drive (walk across the Footbridge to Dunstan Playhouse) or at the Intercontinental Hotel (walk north between the Intercontinental Hotel and Railway Station along the lane way to the Riverbank). There is also a drop off area and two accessible car spaces on lower Festival Drive, accessible from the west via Montefiore Road.

Getting to the Venue

Adelaide Festival Centre is easily accessible by public transport, including the tram (stop at Railway Station), trains, buses and a free bus service that operates on a loop throughout the city and North Adelaide with stops on the corner of King William Road and North Terrace.

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For information about parking near the Adelaide Festival Centre, please click here.

COVID Safe & Venue Information

State Theatre Company South Australia is following advice from the Australian Government Department of Health and SA Health regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and will continue to do so as the situation changes in South Australia and around the country. Please visit our Terms & Conditions of Sale page for COVID safe venue information.

Should conditions change, will provide updates via our website, social media, and/or direct communication with ticket buyers.

Before you attend an event, please read the pre-show email sent to ticket buyers to keep up-to-date with the latest guidelines. If you did not purchase your tickets, please ask the person who did to send you your pre-show email.