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Things Not To Do After a Break Up at The Depot Theatre - Review

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Things Not To Do After A Breakup, Wayne Tunks, Depot Theatre, Review by Jade Jackson
Currently playing at Depot Theatre. Image courtesy of Wayne Tunks.


Things Not To Do After A Breakup written by and starring Wayne Tunks, is premiering in Sydney after a sell-out show in Melbourne in 2012.

In his latest offering, we're reminded about the stupid things we all do after a break up, like ranting on Facebook, faking how fabulous our life is without them, or drunken late-night cohorts.

Wayne delivers a fast-paced, hilarious, and all-too-relatable script, to the point I found myself mentally performing a checklist during the play, as I was reminded of each stupid thing I (or an ex) had done after breaking up.

Tom Harwood, Sareena Barnes. Image courtesy of Bree Bain Photography.
Tom Harwood, Sareena Barnes. Image courtesy of Bree Bain Photography.


It stars:
Lara Lightfoot (Pulse, Tallulah Falls Apart) as the bubbly and soon to be broken-hearted, Lauren
Gil Balfas (Home and Away, Underbelly) as the bastard boyfriend Gideon
Wayne Tunks (Bitch, Diva Wars) as Lauren's best friend, Damien
Tristan Lewis-Upton (Trust,The Secret City) as Gideon's best mate Jay
Amy Victoria Brooks (After Nightfall, Technicolor Life) performs as Kelly—the overbearing but equally lovable friend
Sereena Barnes (Hotel Babylon, The Bill, Bride and Prejudice - UK) is Sarina. The pacifist trying to maintain friendships on both sides of the group
Tom Harwood (A Place to Call Home, Head Above Water) makes up the rest of the cast playing Mitchel, Martin, Mason, Monty, and Maverick - distinguishable by headwear

Lara Lightfoot and Wayne Tunks in Things Not To Do After A Breakup. Image supplied by Bree Bain Photography.
Sareena Barnes, Lara Lightfoot, Wayne Tunks. Image Supplied by Bree Bain Photography.


There's no post-breakup remedy, better than a good belly laugh, and Things Not To Do After A Breakup delivers with gusto. Even if you're not single anymore, you'll still appreciate the humour.

The story focuses on Lauren who thinks she has it all, until she's dumped by her boyfriend, Gideon, and dropped by her literary agent, all on the same day. Devastated, Lauren lashes out, making all kinds of mistakes until her friends make her realise the only way she can get over Gideon is to write a book about the "Things Not To Do After a Break Up".

Amy Victoria Brooks, Things Not To Do After A Breakup, Bree Bain
Amy Victoria Brooks. Image supplied by Bree Bain Photography.


What follows is a kaleidoscope of one-night stands, awkward encounters with ex's, and champagne-fuelled bitch-fests.

Every good breakup deserves a theme song, and Things Not To Do After A Breakup utilises all the best ones from the likes of Alanis Morisette, Justin Timberlake, Adele, Lady Gaga, and Gotye, (amongst others) and blends them effortlessly - in one glorious scene, Kelly tries to win back a newfound partner with love song quotes, that will have you gasping for breath, between non-stop chuckles.

It's boldly dramatic, unapologetically over the top, chock full of laughs, and yet almost nostalgic, reminding us of a time pre-Tinder, when people had real relationships with defined breakups instead of just being 'ghosted'.

Even though breakups are painful, there's much to love about this play and a night of laughter is much cheaper than years of therapy.

Lara Lightfoot as Lauren. Image supplied by Bree Bain Photography.
Lara Lightfoot as Lauren. Image supplied by Bree Bain Photography.


Things Not To Do After A Breakup is on at The Depot Theatre, every Wednesday to Saturday at 8pm from the 30th May to the 16th June with an additional Matinee performance on Saturdays at 2pm. Closing night is 8pm Saturday 16th June 2018.

Check The Depot Theatre website for further information.

Lara Lightfoot, Amy Victoria Brooks, Wayne Tunks and Sareena Barnes. Image courtesy of Bree Bain.
Lara Lightfoot, Amy Victoria Brooks, Wayne Tunks and Sareena Barnes. Image courtesy of Bree Bain.


Things Not To Do After A Breakup is a tightly written play, guaranteeing a fun night out, that will have you laughing from beginning to end; perfect for anyone who's ever been through a breakup—or about to.

The Depot Theatre is at 142 Addison Road Marrickville. There's a small bar selling drinks and snacks including beer and wine, there's free parking onsite, or bus #428 stops nearby. Tickets are $32 (with discounts for students and seniors) and can be purchased online here.

Tristan Lewis, Sareena Barnes. Image courtesy of Bree Bain Photography.
Tristan Lewis, Sareena Barnes. Image courtesy of Bree Bain Photography.


*Jade Jackson was invited as a guest
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Why? Hilarious play about breakups, by acclaimed writer and producer, Wayne Tunks.
When: 8pm Wednesday to Saturday, as well as a 2pm Matinee performance on Saturday, until 16th June
Phone: 0477 252 515
Where: The Depot Theatre, 142 Addison Road Marrickville, NSW
Cost: Adult tickets $32, Concession $27, Wednesday is cheap day, all tickets $22
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