Orange Thrower

By Kirsty Marillier

Mar 30 — Apr 2, 2022

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A National Theatre of Parramatta and Griffin Theatre Company co-production


The night is still. The air is hot and thick. From up on the roof, matching houses stretch as far as the eye can see. Welcome to the sunny suburb of Paradise.

While her folks are back in Johannesburg, Zadie is holding down the family fort. This means keeping her little sis away from bush doofs, avoiding the cute boy next door, and smiling when her nice white neighbours try to touch her hair.

All that changes when an unexpected visitor bursts back into Zadie’s life in the middle of the night, breaking the silence with loud music and even louder opinions. To make matters worse, someone’s been pelting the house with oranges. All of a sudden, Zadie’s got a big, sticky suburban mess on her hands.

Orange Thrower is the award-winning debut play from Kirsty Marillier. A fresh twist on the Australian coming-of-age story, this play is a joyful comedy, a curious mystery, and a poignant love letter to South African women.

Directed with zest by musician, performer and director Zindzi Okenyo, and starring a kick-arse ensemble playing larger-than-life characters.

Orange Thrower was developed through Griffin Studio and Sydney Theatre Company’s Rough Draft program, and received support from Green Door Theatre Company.

Orange Thrower has been rescheduled to 2022.

Wednesday 30 March 7.00pm
Thursday 31 March 7.00pm
Friday 1 April 7.00pm
Saturday 2 April 2.00pm
Saturday 2 April 7.00pm



Playwright Kirsty Marillier
Zindzi Okenyo
Designer Jeremy Allen
Lighting Designer Verity Hampson
Composer & Sound Designer Benjamin Pierpoint
Dramaturg Declan Greene
Stage Manager Isabella Kerdijk
With Callan Colley, Angela Nica Sullen, Mariama Whitton