13 Nov — 28 Nov 2020
Dunstan Playhouse

State Theatre Company South Australia presents

By David Lindsay-Abaire

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Mischief never gets old

Abby has lived in the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility for four years. She likes reading, peach cobbler, silence and wants nothing more than to live alone. Marilyn has just taken up the spare bed in Abby’s room. She loves small-talk, skydiving and wants nothing more than Abby’s bed by the window.

Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire’s razor-sharp comedy sees two formidable old women duke it out to claim their rightful spot in the nursing home. What starts as a humble bet between two rivals becomes an epic battle of wills that uncovers their darkest secrets.

Viciously funny and charmingly affecting, Ripcord is a story about second chances and a powerful reminder that you should never, ever mess with an old lady.

The first person to ever give me a mainstage theatre job was Australian entertainment legend Nancye Hayes. It’s time for me to repay the favour and I know this role will be one of her greatest triumphs. I can think of no one better than her to pull this particular ripcord on our end of year comedy. Mitchell


“As heartfelt as it is deliciously inappropriate, this is a hilarious comedy.” New York Times

“Beyond the high jinks, ‘Ripcord’ offers a compelling look at the pleasure of a challenge and the challenge of finding pleasure.” Time Out


Mitchell Butel

Set Designer

Victoria Lamb

Lighting Designer

Gavin Norris

Sound Designer

Andrew Howard

Costume Designer

Enken Hagge


Chris Asimos
Nancye Hayes
Jude Henshall
Carmel Johnson
Ezra Juanta

Dates & Times

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      • ON
      • AD
      • QA
      • C
      • K
      • C
      • AS
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Auslan Interpreted
Opening Night
Audio Described
Keith's Matinee Club
Post-show Q&A