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Discover the fictitious origins of Good Will Hunting

Matt & Ben, written and originally performed by Mindy Kaling (of The Office and The Mindy Project fame) and Brenda Withers, comes to Star Theatres for two performances only as part of the Back 2 Back Short Show Festival. Tickets are now on sale.

Oily Rag Theatre is proudly presenting this amateur production of Matt & Ben by arrangement with Origin Theatrical on behalf of Samuel French Ltd.

The original production of Matt & Ben premiered in 2002 at the New York International Fringe Festival and won the award for 'Best Overall Production'.

The comedy centres on two struggling young actors and BFFs, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, and the day a screenplay falls from the heavens onto the coffee table in Ben's apartment. The title: "Good Will Hunting". The authors: them! Is this the break Matt and Ben have been waiting for... or are they being tested by a higher power?

This humorous and entirely fictitious account of the origins of Good Will Hunting is described as a thought-provoking satire about ambition, masculinity and the complex undercurrents of male friendship - as well as a silly little comedy poking fun at a couple of super famous movie stars! Either way, it's a lot of fun!

Taking on the roles of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are Louise Byrne and Jennifer Barry respectively (the roles are usually performed by women in both professional and amateur productions of the show).

Catch Matt & Ben at Theatre 2 at Star Theatres, 145 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Hilton - there are two performances only - Saturday 20 October at 9 pm and Friday 26 October at 7.30 pm.

Tickets to all shows in the Back 2 Back Short Show Festival are $28.50 pp and can be booked online at

The Back 2 Back Short Show Festival has a variety of different performances. Visit to see what's on! Discounts for multiple shows.

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When: 20 October at 9 p.m. and 26 October at 7.30 p.m.
Where: Star Theatres, 145 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Hilton
Cost: $28.50 pp
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