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Written by: Andrew Bovell, Christos Tsiolkas, Melissa Reeves and Patricia Cornelius
Directed by: Rachael Maza
Performed by: Aboriginal Performance students

This year the multi award winning Racheal Maza returns to WAAPA to direct the Aboriginal Performance graduates in this challenging, hyper real production.

Where does the nation burn hottest? Race, religion, politics?

From the writers of the Melbourne Workers Theatre, Fever comprises four plays - Bovell's The Chair, Tsoilkas' Psalms, Cornelius' Blunt and Reeves' Savant. All deal with various issues of race, class, culture and environment, and all go beyond the parameters of Melbourne Workers Theatre’s previous works.

The Chair

In a desolated house, a lonely woman is confronted by an intruder. She ties him to a chair, but gives him the chance to win his freedom by moving her with his story.


Members of a deeply depressed and morbid little community gather nightly to eat fish and chips and whinge about how good things used to be. They come to believe their malaise can be traced to an evil baby born to a frightened pair of teenagers.


Two young men, childhood friends, quickly become enemies when their country is plunged into civil war. In a landscape of unrelenting horror, one finds himself haunted by the ghost of the other, who is asking back for the heart, tongue and genitals that were taken from him.


A group of women live on a desolate and stinking landscape where nothing good grows anymore. They fetch a baby out of the river, save it, give it every chance. And what does it do?

"This is not propaganda that beats a dogmatic drum fuelled by its own certainty. On the contrary, much of Fever's appeal lies in its courageous lack of certainty, conveyed by the deliberately non-naturalistic and non-specific mode of performance. It states its case, it is true, but leaves much up to the audience to decide." - Helen Thomson, The Age.

Join us for a post show discussion on Tuesday, 20 November 2018.

NOTE - Contains adult themes, sexual references and strong language. Suitable for ages 15+

Performance Details

Performance dates

16th Nov 7:30pm 17th Nov 7:30pm 19th Nov 7:30pm 20th Nov 7:30pm 21st Nov 7:30pm 1st Jan 8:00am 1st Jan 8:00am 1st Jan 8:00am 1st Jan 8:00am 1st Jan 8:00am 1st Jan 8:00am 1st Jan 8:00am 1st Jan 8:00am 1st Jan 8:00am 1st Jan 8:00am 1st Jan 8:00am 1st Jan 8:00am 1st Jan 8:00am 1st Jan 8:00am 22nd Nov 7:30pm

Ticketing information

$28 - Full
$23 - Concession/Friends

Bookings open

11th Sep 12:00am - Friends
18th Sep 12:00am - Public

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