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by Alexander Zeldin


Co-commissioned by the National Theatre, Melbourne RISING, Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg

An intimate portrait of a life.

Australia 1943 to London 2021, and everything in between.

Alice is learning to be herself against the times. But how do the times shape who we are?

Playing out over a tumultuous eight decades, Alice’s complex relationships become a common thread in her personal journey, in this intimate portrait of a life.

Following hours of interviews, Zeldin brings a real life to stage, with a cast including Eryn Jean Norvill and Pamela Rabe making their UK stage debuts, and music composed by Yannis Philippakis (Foals).

Director Alexander Zeldin

Set and Costume Designer Marg Horwell
Chorepgrapher and Movement Director Imogen Knight
Lighting Designer Paule Constable
Composer Yannis Philippakis
Sound Designer Josh Anio Grigg
Casting Director Jacob Sparrow

Australian Casting Serena Hill
Associate Director Joanna Pidcoc
Dramaturgy Faye Merralls, Sasha Milavic Davies

Intimacy Coordinator Katharine Hardman of EK Intimacy
Voice Director Cathleen McCarron

Dialect Coaches Jenny Kent, Louise Jones

With: Joe Bannister, Amelda Brown, Jerry Killick, Lilit Lesser, Brian Lipson, Eryn Jean Norvill, Pamela Rabe, Gabrielle Scawthorn, Yasser Zadeh

Production image by Christophe Raynaud de Lage

The Confessions - Pamela Rabe, Eryn Jean Norvill - photo by Christophe Raynaud de Lage_edited_edited
Shows: Projects
Shows: Text
The Confessions - Amelda Brown - Photo by Alípio Padilha_edited_edited.jpg

Co-Produced by Wiener Festwochen, Comédie de Genève, Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe, Centro Cultural de Belém, Théâtre de Liège, Festival d'Avignon, Festival d'Automne à Paris, Athens Epidaurus Festival, Piccolo Teatro di Milano - Teatro d'Europa, Adelaide Festival, Centre Dramatique National de Normandie-Rouen

The Confessions is supported by Nancy and Michael Timmers, Cas Donald, David Schwimmer, Elisabeth de Kergorlay, Mazdak Rassi and Zanna Roberts Rassi, Andrew and Raquel Segal, Victoria Reese and Greg Kennedy, Studio Indigo Architects & Interior Designers

Shows: Text


A trilogy of plays

Shows: Projects


Four people arrive to work the night shift in a meat factory. They are all on zero-hours contracts. Every shift, they clean. Every four hours, they take a break. They drink tea or coffee together. They read magazines. They chat.

As it gets light, they go home or to another job. The cycle goes on. And on. Strangers. Until something stirs, until isolated people get too close to one another, too fast.


In the run-up to Christmas, three families are placed into cramped temporary accommodation.

A middle-aged man and his elderly mum, a young family with a baby on the way, a newly arrived woman from Sudan. Strangers. Forced together. No space is personal.


In a run-down community hall on the edge of town, a woman has been cooking lunch for those in need.

A choir is starting up, run by a volunteer who's looking for a new beginning. A mother is seeking help in her fight to keep her young daughter from being taken into care.

An older man sits silently in the corner, the first to arrive, the last to leave. Outside the rain is falling.

                                                 (Photograph by                                                          Sarah Lee)

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