Shedding Skin in association with The Spare Room


16 June – 2 July 2011



“Full of revelations, surprises and the kind of frenetic, crazy adrenaline-charged energy that makes for dynamite theatre … darkly funny, outrageously perverse, strangely endearing … a definite must-see for those who like their theatre laced with a dash of KA-BOOM.” – Australian Stage Online

“Piranha Heights is part of the New Theatre’s Spare Room project, an ideal platform for more experimental work such as this that falls between the fringe and mainstream. It’s a slick, well designed production with a strong cast..” – Same Same

“Say you were to hand over the season finale of Eastenders to a bunch of raving ice fiends. You might get something like British writer Philip Ridley’s Piranha Heights.” – Sydney Morning Herald


It’s Mother’s Day – but mother is dead. In her crumbling council flat, sons Alan and Terry reunite to argue over the will, the furniture and the flat itself.

The presence of hijab-wearing teenager Lily and her erratic boyfriend causes friction, but the arrival of Alan’s sadistic teenage son and his imaginary friend ‘Mr Green’ lets loose a violent storm that forces the brothers to finally confront the malevolent shadows of their childhood. It’s going to be a Mother’s Day to remember.

Treading a fine line between nostalgia and nihilism, acclaimed UK writer Philip Ridley (Mercury Fur, The Pitchfork Disney) has created a bitterly funny, visceral and intelligent play about a family in turmoil and the lies that sometimes must be told to endure the truth.

“Truly remarkable … a work of dark fantasy and genius” WhatsOnStage UK

Australian Premiere

BOOK TICKETS ONLINE HERE or Phone 1300 306 776

Warning: This production contains very coarse language, violence, adult themes, and everything else that makes for a cracking night in the theatre.

Photos © Mischa Baka

Director Fiona Hallenan-Barker | Producer Narelle Lewis | Lighting Martin Kinnane | Sound DJ Soup | Costume Anna Gardiner |
Voice Emma Harris | Movement Gareth Hart | Tech Liam O’Keefe

Cast Emma Griffin, Matthew Hyde, Jason Langley, Brynn Loosemore and Heath Wilder

Tues– Sat @ 8pm, Sun @ 5pm

Full $30 | Concession $25 | Group $25 (10+) | Preview Wednesday 15 June $20 |
CHEAP TUESDAYS – “Pay What You Can” (conditions apply)

90 minutes approx.

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