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Faced with loss, do we rage against the universe, search for connection or hope for an epiphany?

On the beaches of New South Wales, Brecht-obsessed theatre director Will has planned to share a restful, halcyon Christmas with his recently widowed mother. But then she unexpectedly falls seriously ill. During a bedside vigil, Will is forced to piece together the splintered shards of his own life. Angry and bewildered, he questions his role as an artist, a son and his place in a world where his dreams and ambitions appear forsaken.


This heartfelt work by Australian playwright Michael Gow is directed by Queensland Theatre’s new Artistic Director Sam Strong, marking our next exciting collaboration with this company. Intimate and sweeping, balancing warmth with wrath, Once In Royal David’s City is a life-affirming story about family, loss, purpose, politics and the endless possibilities of art.



Co-production with Queensland Theatre



29 March – 1 April @ 6.45pm

STRUT Dance is proud to invite you to a FREE performance in The Courtyard at the State Theatre Centre of WA prior to a performance of Once in Royal David's City. From Wednesday 29 March until Saturday 1 April at 6.45pm join 14 dancers from all over Australia and New Zealand as they lead you into William Forsythe’s seminal work One Flat Thing, Reproduced. Normally quarantined to major dance companies – this a a world first – the first time produced using independent dancers, performed outside and with a roaming audience. Using 20 specially constructed tables, live music from Thom Willems and the courtyard used in a way never before seen, be part of this iconic choreography. See the Work, Feel the Work, Be the First! Running time: 20 minutes.

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  • Adam Booth
  • Penny Everingham
  • Emma Jackson
  • Jason Klarwein
  • Toni Scanlan
  • Adam Sollis
  • Kaye Stevenson
  • Steve Turner

Directed by Sam Strong

Sound Designer/Composer
Ash Gibson Greig
Set & Costume Designer
Stephen Curtis
Lighting Designer
Matt Scott
Nerida Matthaei
  • Dates

    25 Mar - 9 Apr
  • Venue

    Heath Ledger Theatre
  • Duration

    1 hour 45 minutes
  • Warning

    Some adult themes, mild language, ages 13+
  • Co-production with