A Rabbit for Kim Jong-il

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Riverside Theatres Presents A Griffin Theatre Company Production

A Rabbit for Kim Jong-il

Venue Lennox Theatre
Dates 25 November - 28 November 2015


By Kit Brookman

Johann’s super-sized rabbits are his pride and joy. Much to his surprise, the Supreme Leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has taken a special interest, and will stop at nothing to get his hands on them. When a bungled undercover rescue mission transports Johann to North Korea, he finds himself, and the bunnies he betrayed, in a bit of a stew.

Preposterously based on a true story, A Rabbit for Kim Jong-il is a cunning comic thriller spanning two continents. Crammed with secret agents, espionage, double-crossings and a giant rabbit named Felix, the play is a pointed parable about betrayal and forgiveness, greed and regret.

Starring Kit Brookman, Kate Box (Rake), Kaeng Chan, Steve Rodgers (Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography), and Mémé Thorne (Songket).

Co-commissioned by Playwriting Australia and Griffin Theatre Company with the support of the Robertson Family Foundation.

Dates & Times
Wednesday 25 November 7:30pm
Thursday 26 November 7:30pm
Friday 27 November 7:30pm
Saturday 28 November 2:15pm & 7:30pm


Directed by:
Lee Lewis

Cast includes:
Kate Box
Kit Brookman
Kaeng Chan
Steve Rodgers
Mémé Thorne

Lighting Design by:
Luiz Pampolha



Kit Brookman talks to Elissa Blake about the strangeness that cloaks the North Korean regime and the dinner party fable that inspired his new play in the Sydney Morning Herald.

“It starts out absurd and then creeps up on you and hits you over the head”  “a theatrical ambush.”  – The Australian

“The brilliant opening scene sets the tone of a comic thriller – funny and scary in equal parts.” – Australian Stage   

“almost any scene involving Chan, are highlights of the play. His performance as the sickly polite, immaculately groomed wheeler-dealer naturally lent itself to comedy and suspense.” – Arts Hub 

“Steve Rodgers is outstanding as Johann.” – Daily Review

“…the playwright, Kit Brookman’s performance of Felix the rabbit steals the show.” – Australian Stage   


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Approximately 100 minutes (No interval)

Ticket Prices

Season Package Adult $43
Season Package Concession $38
Season Package 30 & Under $29
Sidekicks Adult $43
Sidekicks Concession $38
Sidekicks 30 & Under $29
Season Guest Adult $44
Season Guest Concession $39
Single Tickets Adult $49
Single Tickets Concession $44
Single Tickets 30 & Under $35
School Students $25
Groups 10+ $44

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