13 Nov — 5 Dec 2020
Dunstan Playhouse

State Theatre Company South Australia presents

By David Lindsay-Abaire

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


“An expertly engineered comedy.” New York Times

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


By arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, exclusive agent for Dramatist Play Service, Inc.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

State Theatre Company South Australia is delighted to confirm that our production of Ripcord will be proceeding as planned in November 2020 at the Dunstan Playhouse at the Adelaide Festival Centre. Enabled by the South Australian community’s continued success in managing COVID-19, we have been able to work closely with the Adelaide Festival Centre and SA Health to plan a safe return to the stage.

To accommodate our audiences safely and comfortably at the Dunstan Playhouse, we will be applying a chequerboard seating arrangement, allowing all audience members to maintain the required distance from each other.

As this seating model will halve the capacity of Dunstan Playhouse, we are pleased to offer an extended season of Ripcord, ensuring all audiences are able to book into a performance. The extended season includes an additional week of performances from 30 November to 5 December.

Current ticket holders

All audience members who currently hold tickets for Ripcord will be automatically re-seated into spaced seating. BASS will be managing the reseating process, allocating comparable seats where possible. In the unlikely case that a patron will need to be re-seated to a different section (for example, from the Stalls to the Balcony) or reallocated to a new performance date, BASS will contact the ticket buyer to discuss the available options.

Should you have concerns about your tickets, please contact BASS on 131 246. For full ticketing terms and conditions, click here.

Venue safety

Audience members can access current venue safety and sanitisation on the Adelaide Festival Centre website. We will continue to adhere to the Federal and State governments’ public health advice in dealing with the risk of spreading COVID-19. It is important to note that the plans may change, as we respond to the advice from regulatory authorities and will act following government recommendations. Any significant changes to the presentation of the season, ticketing or health advice will be communicated directly to ticket holders.

Please check the Ripcord Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about the reseating process.

  • Venue Access

    Ripcord is being held at the Dunstan Playhouse.

    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.

    For more information visit

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

  • Tangent

    Join our esteemed panel on Monday 19 October for our Ripcord Tangent event.

    Subscriber Briefing

    2020 Subscribers are invited to join us for exclusive Subscriber Briefings to learn more about the creation of the show.

    Matinee Club

    After selected matinee performances throughout the year, stay for our Matinee Club to hear the artists involved with the show. There is no additional cost, just stay in your seats after the performance.

    The Matinee Club performance for this show is on Wednesday 25 November, 11am.

    Post Show Q&As

    We hold Q&As with our artists and creative teams so that you can ask questions about the production. A Q&A will be held for this show on Monday 23 November, 6:30pm.


Mitchell Butel

Set Designer

Ailsa Paterson

Lighting Designer

Gavin Norris

Sound Designer

Andrew Howard

Costume Designer

Enken Hagge


Chris Asimos
Nancye Hayes
Jennifer Innes
Nathan Page
Carmel Johnson
Ezra Juanta

Dates & Times

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