Broken | Darlinghurst Theatre Company
  • Darlinghurst Theatre Company presents
  • 29 Jul - 28 Aug 2016
  • $30 - $45


By Mary Anne Butler

This is a rare opportunity to see a unique work developed in the Northern Territory and set in the Central Desert and we are so proud to be presenting for Sydney audiences. 

Broken is a two times winner of the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. It won Best Drama and is the first play ever to win the Literature Prize, one the most prestigious literary awards in Australia. 

"This is exquisite writing. It's immediate. It's lean. It's poetic. It's visceral. It takes you right into the heart of the experiences it describes." Andrew Bovell

Broken Program DOWNLOAD HERE

Photo by Helen White

Broken is a powerful story of hope and human resilience in the face of adversity.

Broken begins with a near fatal car crash in the Desert with Ash trapped in her car. Ash is rescued by a stranger and in that extreme moment of life and death they form a bond. The stranger however has a partner and they have recently lost their unborn child.

Supported by Carole Lamerton
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By Mary Anne Butler


Ivan Donato
Sarah Enright
Rarriwuy Hick

Creative Team 

Playwright: Mary Anne Butler
Director*: Shannon Murphy
Stage Manager: Melanie Stanton
Production Designer: Sophie Fletcher
Lighting Designer: Benjamin Brockman
Composer & Sound Designer: James Brown

*Due to other commitments, Matt Edgerton is no longer able to direct Broken, as previously advertised 

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“A tiny gem, hewn from the vast landscape it so lovingly describes, Broken is highly recommended.” 4 Stars
Polly Simons, Time Out

“…unlike anything we’ve seen in Sydney this year. This is undeniably powerful theatre.” 4 Stars
Tim Garratt,

Broken is a diamond in the rough of the outback at Eternity Playhouse
Brodie Paparella, Broadway Word

"Director Shannon Murphy has found a brilliant physical solution to this stylistically abstract play’s challenges"
Ben Neutze, Daily Review 

"The three performers exercise exquisite control as Broken shifts back and forth in time and between locations"
Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald

"Broken is a powerfully immersive production which deserves to be seen nationally" 
Real Time 

"This is exquisite writing. It's immediate. It's lean. it's poetic. It's visceral. It takes you right into the heart of the experiences it describes" Andrew Bovell


Five Minutes with Sarah Enright from Broken
The Brag

Mary Anne Butler puts Northern Territory theatre on the map with Broken
Sydney Morning Herald

Mary Anne Butler's Broken - Radio Interview with Mary Anne Butler and the Cast
ABC Books and Arts

Award-winning Aussie play Broken comes alive with a sonic soundscape at Eternity Playhouse
The Daily Telegraph

Broken - Lisa Chats with Mary Anne Butler
Lisa Thatcher

Darwin Playwright Mary Anne Butler wins Victorian Prize for Literature for play Broken

Mary Anne Butler wins 2016 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Broken
Sydney Morning Herald

5 Questions with Ivan Donato and Rarriwuy Hick
Suzie Goes See

Collision of Lives, Chance, Choice and Fate in Mary Anne Butler's, Broken
Gay News Network

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Performance dates

  • Previews: Fri 29, Sat 30 & Sun 31 July
  • Season: Wed 3 August - Sun 28 August 

Performance times 

  • Tue - Sat: 8pm
  • Sun: 5pm
  • Wed Matinee: 24 August at 11am
  • Sat Matinees: 20 & 27 August at 3pm

Performance Details

Duration: approx 60 mins, no interval

Q&A Performances

  • Sun 14 August (following the 5pm performance)
  • ​Sat 20 August (following the 3pm performance)

Broken Program DOWNLOAD HERE


  • Standard $45
  • Concession $38
  • Groups (8+) $38
  • Industry* $35
  • Under 30* $30
  • Preview $30

*Available Tue, Wed & Thu only

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