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World Premiere


The Questions

By Van Badham (Book & Lyrics) and Richard Wise (Music & Lyrics)

26 Jul — 17 Aug 2024
Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre

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There’s an experiment. I think we should try it.

She has a master’s degree in Gender Studies. He thinks Jordan Peterson would make an ideal dinner guest. They both realise this blind date is doomed, but an outside catastrophe and “shelter in place” lockdown order forces these polar opposites into the longest first date ever. And the frustrated rock band rehearsing in the apartment next door is hardly helping them stay calm. Desperate to end the constant bickering, they turn to “The Questions”, a real-life psychological questionnaire researchers promise can build intimacy between anyone. But are either of them ready for the answers?

Inspired by a true story from the COVID-19 pandemic, The Questions is a world premiere rom-com musical with edge from iconoclastic Australian playwright, columnist and author, Van Badham, featuring genre-busting, folk, punk and pop melodies from her long-time collaborator, composer Richard Wise (Late Night Story).

Starring Charles Wu (Doctor Doctor), Chaya Ocampo (Chimerica, Godspell, Year Of) and joined by Sam Lau (Leslie and Anita, Coldhands) and Elder Conservatorium graduate Jackson Mack, The Questions taps squarely into the zeitgeist with a hilarious and unsparing observation of modern intimacy. Will chaos and disaster reign? Or will our mismatched couple find meaningful connection, even love?!


Van Badham (is) one of the leading voices of her generation.” – Time Out London

Van Badham may have one of the biggest and quickest minds in Australia, but it’s her huge heart that takes the stage.” – Nakkiah Lui, Writer

Charles Wu is an actor of captivating verve and astonishing precision.” – Suzy Goes See

Show Info

Contains some coarse language and adult themes.

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 marketing@statetheatrecompany.com.au.

Creative Team

  • Book & Lyrics by

    Van Badham
  • Music & Lyrics by

    Richard Wise
  • Director

    Mitchell Butel
  • Kenneth Moraleda

  • Set & Costume Designer

    Jeremy Allen
  • Lighting Designer

    Gavin Norris
  • Sound Designer

    Andrew Howard
  • The Resident

    Charles Wu
  • The Visitor

    Chaya Ocampo
  • Cast

    James Bannah Jr
  • Cast

    Sam Lau
  • Cast

    Jackson Mack


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Single Ticket Prices

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

Adult $95.00
Concession $85.00
Under 30, Full Time Student $49.00

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, 3 August, 1.00pm (briefing), 2.00pm (performance)
Monday, 5 August, 5.30pm (briefing), 6.30pm (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 tickets@statetheatrecompany.com.au.

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


Subscriber Briefing
2024 Subscribers are invited to join us for an exclusive Subscriber Briefing to learn more about the creation of the show.
– Monday, 22 July, 6.00pm

Post Show Q&As
We hold Q&As with our artists and creative teams so that you can ask questions about the production.
– Monday, 5 August
– Wednesday, 14 August (matinee performance)

A Date with State
Supported by the Office for Ageing Well and Seniors Card, join us for our 2024 A Date With State program, with pre-show tea and coffee before the performance and a post-show Q&A.
– Wednesday, 14 August, 10.00am (pre-show tea and coffee), 11.00am (performance)


Seating Plan

View the standard seating plan for the Space Theatre (please note, this plan may not reflect the seating which will be in place for this production). For more detail, please contact our Ticketing team on 08 8415 5353 or tickets@statetheatrecompany.com.au.

Venue Access

This show will be performed 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.

For more information visit www.adelaidemetro.com.au.

For information about parking visit the Adelaide Festival Centre website.

Dining Options

Malt Shovel Taphouse
Located at the Adelaide Festival Centre at the end of the Adelaide Oval footbridge
Open Wednesday 3pm-11pm and Thursday – Sunday 11.30am-late

The Strathmore Hotel
Located 5 minutes from the Dunstan Playhouse at 29 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
Open 7 days, 11am – 3am