A Man With Five Children | Darlinghurst Theatre Company
  • Darlinghurst Theatre Company presents
  • 3 Jun - 26 Jun 2016
  • $30 - $45

A Man With Five Children

By Nick Enright

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The cult of celebrity dissected in Nick Enright’s A Man With Five Children. Written in 1999, Enright pre-empted the current discussion on reality TV and public obsession with manufactured celebrity.

Inspired by the popular documentary 7-Up and the effect it had on its participants, A Man With Five Children chronicles the lives of five diverse Australians, who become celebrities via reality TV, and are held in the public eye from childhood through to adulthood.   

Gerry is a documentary maker who sets out to capture the lives of five children on film. One day a year, every year, until they turn 21. As the children’s hopes and heartaches are played out on national television for the public’s entertainment, questions are raised. Is Gerry an observer or is the camera distorting their lives? Are the participants his subjects, his children or his creations? But as long as it makes for good television and the public still want it, Gerry just keeps on filming.




A Man With Five Children invites the audience into a world of fractured celebrity, distorted vision and audience complicity. Nick Enright’s insightful drama about the power of the media and the cult of celebrity is more relevant now than ever.

This is a rare opportunity to see one of Nick Enright’s finest works and his final major play. 

Directed by leading Australian director Anthony Skuse. 

Supported by the Enright Family 

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A Man With Five Children

By Nick Enright


Jemwel Danao
Chenoa Deemal
Charlotte Hazzard
Jody Kennedy
Ildiko Susany
Anthony Taufa
Aaron Tsindos
Jeremy Waters
Taylor Wiese

Creative Team

Director: Anthony Skuse
Production Designer: Georgia Hopkins
Lighting Designer: Christopher Page
AV Designer: Tim Hope
Sound Designer: Katelyn Shaw
Stage Manager: Derbail Kinsella
Assistant Director: Suzanne Pereira
Assistant Designer: Designer: Angelika Niewegolski


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A Man With Five Children

By Nick Enright


"Characteristic of Enright and further testifies why he’s one of our theatre’s valued enchanters" Sydney Morning Herald

The AU Review reviewed by Joseph Doumit

Broadway World reviewed by Brodie Paparella

Theatrepeople.com.au reviewed by Tim Garrett

Suzy Goes See reviewed by Suzy Wrong




Darlinghurst Theatre Company re-examine A Man with Five Children
Sydney Morning Herald written by Elissa Blake | 26 May 2016

Living on Screens: Nick Enright play explores dangers of reality TV
Daily Review written by Ben Neutze | 25 May 2016


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A Man With Five Children

By Nick Enright

Performance dates

  • Previews: Fri 3, Sat 4 & Sun 5 June
  • Season: Wed 8 June - Sun 26 June

Performance times

  • Wed - Sat: 7pm
  • Wed and Thu: 11am
  • Sun: 5pm
  • Sat Matinees: 18 & 25 June at 2pm
  • NB: No performances on Tuesdays

Performance details

  • Duration: approx 2 hrs 20 mins, including interval



  • Standard $45
  • Concession $38
  • Groups (8+) $38
  • Industry* $35
  • Under 30* $30
  • Preview $30
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A Man with Five Children is a NSW HSC English text - Module C: Texts and Society, Elective 1: Exploring Interactions, Drama

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