Boy Out of the Country

There’s more to land than real estate.
There’s more to family than DNA.

May 10 – 26 Bondi Pavilion Theatre

A fast, funny and smartly observant look at family, property and the progress of life.

A family property is suddenly zoned as part of a regional housing estate to accommodate an ever-increasing urban sprawl. At this moment of shifting economies, and loyalties, Hunter returns from a seven-year absence. Finding his boyhood house boarded up and his mother in aged care, Hunter goes in search of answers.

And he starts with his brother Gordon.

For Hunter and Gordon, sibling rivalry and childhood nostalgia will collide with unexpected consequences.

Nobis’ ‘Boy’ is a fast-paced bush ballad for contemporary life, written in vernacular verse reminiscent of the poetic tradition of Banjo Patterson.

Directed by Erica Lovell this refreshed production features a stellar cast including Tom Harwood (Things Not to do After a Break Up), Jason Glover (Van Dieman’s Land), Jeannie Gee (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), and Amelia Robertson-Cuninghame (Anatomy of an Offence, Love Child).

“A play infused with the vitality of Aussie idiom and melodrama, that crackles with understatement and wit.” Cameron Woodhead, The Age

“Mr Nobis’s writing is a particular kind of brilliant… Nobis’s command of ‘vernacular verse’ is faultless” Stage Whispers

A story of land, family and belonging, Boy Out of the Country emerged from the Melbourne Theatre Company Affiliate Writers Scheme and was awarded the R. E. Ross Trust Script Development Award. The play was featured as the premiere work at the 2018 Pioneer Play Festival Castle Hill.


Written by: Dr Felix Nobis
Directed by: Erica Lovell
Producers: Robbi James & Goldele Rayment
Set Design: Tom Bannerman
Production Manager: Claire Ferguson
Photographer: Rosa Doric


Early Bird $20 (ends March 12)
Season $30 – $40
Opening Night $50


Tuesday – Saturday 7:00pm
Sunday 5:00pm

Running time: 110 minutes, including interval.
Please note that seating at the theatre is unreserved