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Last Cab to Darwin - Old Mill Theatre

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Rex Gray performs as Max
Last Cab To Darwin is based on the true story of Broken Hill taxi driver Max Bell who, in the early 1990s, was diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer.

Last Cab to Darwin
Rex Gray


Max decides to end his life with dignity and take advantage of the Northern Territory's voluntary euthanasia law. This law is in bitter dispute but, undeterred, Max sells up everything he owns, says goodbye to his beloved neighbour Polly, and drives the 3000 kilometres to Darwin.

Last Cab to Darwin
Last Cab to Darwin


The play is performed for a range of excellent actors who are also providing the audience with several different characters performances each. The director and actor, Trevor Dhu, is excited to be playing a range of 5 characters. Dhu said 'I have never been in a purely Australian story before' and this drew him to the be in this production.

Rex Gray brings the lead character to life with his performance as Max. 'I saw the film and during the credits, it said "from a play by Reg Cribb" and thought I would love to do it as a play and in the role of Max, the cab driver.' said Rex

We follow Max's journey up the dead heart of Australia where he encounters a host of bizarre and beautiful outback characters. His hopes of becoming the first person in history to take advantage of the 'Rights Of The Terminally Ill Act ' are crushed when the law is overturned by Federal Parliament. We then follow Max's desperate bid to return to Broken Hill to be with his beloved Polly.

Last Cab to Darwin
Last Cab to Darwin

"Reg Cribb's play is a big-hearted, sprawling, dry-humoured, unwieldy saga which splendidly evokes the landscape of knotted trees, furnace sunsets and the dual feeling of liberation and terror on the journey from Broken Hill to Darwin."—Sydney Morning Herald

Last Cab To Darwin – plays at 7.30pm June 27, 28, 29, 30; July 4, 5, 6, and 7 with 2pm matinees June 30 and July 1 call 0475 895 701 or book online

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When: Evenings & Weekends
Phone: 0475 895 701
Where: Mends Street, South Perth WA 6151
Cost: $20.00 - $25.00
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