The Chat
J R Brennan and David Woods | Australia
16–20 January Carriageworks $36 + BF 90 mins
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  • Wed 16 January at 7.30pm
    Thu 17 January at 7.30pm
    Fri 18 January at 7.30pm
    Sat 19 January at 2pm & 7.30pm
    Sun 20 January at 4pm

  • General Admission $36
    + booking fee
The Chat
J R Brennan and David Woods | Australia

A dark and comic collaboration devised and performed with ex-offenders that explores the realities of our criminal justice system. Theatre maker and former parole officer J R Brennan worked with actors, former prisoners, criminologists and academics to create this compelling performance experiment.

Set in an imagined future, a real-life ex-offender takes on the role of parole officer interviewing a version of themselves, played by renowned comic actor David Woods (Ridiculusmus, Back to Back). Their parole has been breached. Are they entitled to freedom? Should they go back inside? The audience, as parole board, must decide.

Winner of the Green Room Award for Best Performer (David Woods) and nominated for Best Contemporary Performance, The Chat challenges stereotypes about ex-offenders, exposes the human cost behind our justice system and reveals the uncomfortable complexities of how people who have “done their time” can escape the cycle of retribution and truly know freedom. 

A great show is best accompanied with a fantastic feast. Combine your show ticket with a Festival Feasts dining package with Misfits for $30 + $1 booking fee.

Want to read the script and learn more? Head to Australian Plays here.

Important Info

This performance contains sensitive material regarding criminal behaviour. Restricted for ages 15+ Lockouts apply. Latecomers will not be permitted entry to the venue after the performance has commenced.

Contains improvised elements that some audience members may find distressing

Cast and Credits

Co-Creator / Lead Artist: J R Brennan
Co-Creator / Performer: David Woods
Collaborating Artist / Performer: Ashley Dyer
Performers: Arthur Bolkas, Shane Brennan, Nicholas Maltzahn, Ray Morgan, John Tjepkema, Simon Warner & Les Wiggins
Sound and System operation: Luke Smiles
Lighting Design: Steve Hendy & Jenny Hector
Costume Designer: Willoh S. Weiland
Production Assistant: Hugo Gutteridge


16–20 January
$36 + BF
90 mins
“Radically disruptive, The Chat transforms the theatre into a tense and liminal space”
Arts Review

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