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A fresh new comedy with a big heart live on stage

Vodka. Grief. Raising the dead with a Wikihow article and an egg.

Rogue Projects proudly presents the premiere season of Madeleine Withington's hilarious debut play Wil and Grace at Fringe HQ Newtown from 24th November to 4th December 2021.

Tickets are now on sale for this strictly limited season (8 performances only)!

Photo Credit: Noni Carroll

Wil & Grace is a fresh new comedy with a big heart - a play about believing in things, for better or worse, because sometimes we desperately need to!

Directed by Erica Lovell, with production design by Anna Gardiner, lighting design by Jasmin Borsovszky, and original composition and sound design by Chrysoulla Markoulli, the production features Withington in the title role alongside Suz Mawer (Coram Boy, Doctor Doctor) as Varya and Joshua Shediak (Confessions of Jeremy Perfect, The Intervention) in the role of Wil.

Photo Credit: Noni Carroll

On a dark stormy night in Petersham, housemates Grace and Varya drunkenly conduct a seance. They wake up the next day to find a naked Englishman sleeping on their couch. And he says his name is Wil. Wil Shakespeare!

In a world where the future seems increasingly uncertain, and life a little too tenuous, Grace yearns to find the magic in the little things. When the reality of grief becomes too painful, she turns to fantasy. She chooses to believe. But when reality slides too far out of her grip, danger lurks.

Photo Credit: Noni Carroll

Debut playwright Withington worked on the story as a side project over a number of years before submitting it to the Rogues on the Rocks Residency program in late 2020, where it was selected for production. "This is the first play I've written, and I am so excited that Rogues have chosen to put it on. Everyone involved has come with such passion and excitement, I feel very privileged to be working with such a talented bunch of people." she said.

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For Director Erica Lovell the connection to the play is very personal, "One of the remarkable things about Madeleine's writing is how effortlessly she brings a razor-sharp wit, and warmth, to a conversation about grief. We don't acknowledge the healing power of humour enough. Directing this show has been an integral part of my own healing, having recently lost my father," she said, "I hope the humour in this show helps our audiences to heal after a very difficult two years."

Wil & Grace is one of the first independent productions to open after Sydney's lockdown. The company had seven projects cancelled or postponed in 2021, so to premiere a work now feels particularly special for the artists!

Photo Credit: Noni Carroll

Come along and enjoy a fabulous evening of theatre and support local artists by attending a performance of Wil & Grace at FringeHQ! All tickets include 1 bar beverage!

Choose from the following performances:

  • Wednesday 24 Nov, 8.30 pm

  • Thursday 25 Nov, 8.30 pm

  • Friday 26 Nov, 8.30 pm

  • Saturday 27 Nov, 8.30 pm

  • Wednesday 1 Dec, 8.30 pm

  • Thursday 2 Dec, 8.30 pm

  • Friday 3 Dec, 8.30 pm

  • Saturday 4 Dec, 8.30 pm
  • Secure your tickets today at or at the cashless box office 30 minutes prior to performance.


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    When: Wednesday 24th November to Saturday 4th December. Industry and Media Night Friday 26th November.
    Where: Fringe HQ Newtown, 5 Eliza Street, Newtown
    Cost: Adults $50, Concession $44 (plus BF). All tickets include a bar beverage.
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