4.3 SAMSON by Julia-Rose Lewis

“I don’t wanna be an astronaut.  Do you think my dreams are shit?”

Essie, Beth, Sid and Rabbit are growing up in a town on the edge of the rest of the world, plagued by boredom, decay and violence. Grappling with their own existence and grasping hopelessly at the future, they find themselves imagining heaven and dreaming of hell.

Samson is a startlingly funny and touching Australian coming-of-age story about grieving, the search for belief and the discovery of beauty in unlikely places.


Director: Tim Roseman
Dramaturg: Isaac Drandic, Jane Bodie
Cast: Joshua Anderson, Tom Conroy, Ashleigh Cummings and Lily Newbury-Freeman

Friday 13 June, 8.30pm
Saturday 14 June, 6.30pm

Running time: approx. 90min

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Read an interview with Julia-Rose, here.


JR Lewis Headshot - Small Julia-Rose Lewis is a stage and screen writer based in Sydney.  Julia has worked with companies including Griffin, ATYP, La Boite, Brisbane Powerhouse, Metro Arts and Grin & Tonic.  In 2013, Julia was a playwright-in-residence with La Boite Theatre Company, a mentee in the ATYP National Mentoring Program and a Playwriting Australia Dramaturgy Intern. Julia’s monologue This Feral Life has been produced for stage and screen as a part of ATYP’s The Voices Project.  The film adaptation is due for online release this year. Julia is currently undertaking a JUMP Mentorship with playwright Lally Katz and completing her MFA in Writing For Performance at NIDA.


Samson was initially developed with the support of La Boite Theatre Company through the 2013 playwrights-in-residence program.


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