2023 Subscription Season
First Nations
muylatina Palawa
The Theatre Royal presents Belvoir St Theatre's

At What Cost?

By Nathan Maynard
6 - 8 Jul 2023 (4 performances)
Thu 6 Jul 2023 7:30 pm
Fri 7 Jul 2023 7:30 pm
Sat 8 Jul 2023 2:00 pm
Sat 8 Jul 2023 7:30 pm
Theatre Royal

Following its world premiere in Sydney, the provocative hit of Belvoir’s 2022 season comes home to Lutruwita/Tasmania and it couldn’t be more timely.

For years now, Boyd’s been walking a tightrope – balancing making a living with his responsibilities to Land and People. But something’s happening. Every year, more and more folk are claiming to be Palawa – folk no one’s heard of until now. Where has this missing mob been all these years? Are they legit? Or are they ‘tick-a-box’? Who decides? And how?

If Boyd’s going to take everyone forward together, they’ll have to go back, old mob and new, into the island’s knotty past. And they might not like what they find there.

Celebrated Pakana playwright Nathan Maynard’s story of Country and competing histories expertly disarms its audience before drawing them into the highly contentious and complex debate around identity. It opens eyes, provokes, and bravely asks us all to think about a very contemporary Australian issue.

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Writer and Associate Director Nathan Maynard 
Director Isaac Drandic 

Luke Carroll as Boyd 
Sandy Greenwood as Nala
Alex Malone as Gracie
Ari Mala Long as Daniel 

Set Designer Jacob Nash
Costume Designer and Set Realiser Keerthi Subramanyam 
Lighting Designer Chloe Ogilvie 
Associate Lighting Designer Kelsey Lee 
Composer Brendon Boney 
Sound Designer David Bergman 


” A great political tragedy grows out of comic domestic beginnings in this slow-burning play by Nathan Maynard… Like all great tragedies, it builds towards pity and terror in its ending.”
The Australian


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A Reserve $80 / A Reserve concession $70

B Reserve $70 / B reserve concession $60

C Reserve $60


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B Reserve $60 / B Reserve concession $50

C Reserve $50

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105 mins (no interval)

Patrons' Advice

 At What Cost? discusses strong themes such as genocide and Aboriginal trauma, and mentions the names of Indigenous people who have died.

The production also contains adult themes, a brief moment of nudity, suicide and the use of strong language, haze and natural fibres on stage.

Suitable for ages 15 years and over.

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