Good With Maps

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Good With Maps

Venue Lennox Theatre
Dates 30 April - 01 May 2021
Category Live Event

Riverside Theatres Presents
Siren Theatre Co’s
By Noëlle Janaszweska

When the world map was full of gaps, the Amazon topped the list of places unknown to western explorers. In 2021 are there any ‘unknowns’ left? On a trip to the Amazon, the writer ponders this and other questions as she struggles to deal with her father’s journey through Parkinson’s disease towards what is perhaps our last great unknown.

Sometimes sad and confronting Good With Maps is also funny and thoughtful, and celebrates the power of reading and literature to transport us to places both real and imagined.

Noëlle’s unfailing ability to ignite universal emotions and laughter in all of us while gloriously revealing her own exquisite uniqueness is one of this piece’s great joys.

Please Note:
The Saturday 1 May 2:30pm performance will be Auslan Interpreted  and will also have a Q&A with Playwright Noëlle Janaszweska after the performance.

*Please contact Box Office directly for group bookings of 8 or more, email or call 8839 3399.

**This show is eligible for the Evening Excursions initiative for school bookings, 1 free teacher per 20 students, or $23 for any additional, click here to find out more.

Suitable for ages 13+

Awards and Accolades

Sydney Theatre Critics Awards
Winner: Best Score or Sound Design (Nate Edmondson)

Sydney Theatre Critic Awards
Nomination: Best Director (Kate Gaul)

Please Note:

Tickets to this event are sold to 100% of capacity. All Riverside patrons will be seated in line with current NSW Public Health guidelines, allowing patrons to be seated alongside each other. NSW Health strongly recommends you wear a mask when you are inside places where it is difficult to keep 1.5 metres distance from other people.

Please note that NSW Health regularly updates areas where there may be concerns regarding potential case transmission of COVID-19.  Prior to attending your performance, we suggest patrons check the latest Case Alert Updates from Health NSW and follow the instructions regarding Close Contacts and requirements for self-isolation and/or COVID testing as stipulated by Health NSW and the current NSW Public Health Orders. Please note that patrons who have visited any identified alert area must NOT attend public performances or gatherings of any type. If you have any questions and would like to discuss this with a member of our team, please contact our Box Office staff on 02 8839 3399 or email

Riverside Theatres is registered with the NSW Government as a COVID Safe venue. Our COVID Safe plan was developed in line with federal and state government health guidelines, and following consultation with Live Performance Australia, other NSW venues, and various government bodies, on enhanced health, hygiene and safety measures. These measures include: defined audience capacity; social distancing; wearing face masks; mandatory Service NSW QR code registration check in; extra cleaning; increased sanitisation of high-touch surfaces; the provision of hand sanitiser, anti-bacterial wipes and hand washing facilities throughout the venue; traffic management plans to alleviate congestion in public spaces.

Please review our Patron Safety Information before you visit us at Riverside.

It is also important that if you are unwell you stay at home. We have updated our ticket conditions and our Box Office team are available to talk through possible exchange and refund options. You can contact the Box Office on 02 8839 3399 or email

Thank you for keeping our community safe.

Good With Maps was written with a New Work grant from the Literature Board of the Australia Council. It was first produced by Siren Theatre Co and opened in Sydney on 8 November, 2016 at KXT as part of the Invisible Circus Festival.

Photographer: Lucy Parakhina

Noelle Janaszweska

Kate Gaul

Alice Morgan

Composer and Sound Designer
Nate Edmondson

Lighting Designer
Louise Mason

Jane Phegan

“Every element in this production is in step and working together to create this fascinating and ultimately heartbreaking piece of theatre.” – Daily Review, Sydney

“Interwoven with exploration and adventure is a tale that is closer to the heart. She delves into the world of humanity and its complex and rugged relationships. On her bravest exploration Janaczewska embarks on a journey into unfamiliar grounds and she shares with us her deep and profound discoveries of sadness, humour and the human heart.” – Australian Stage

“Good With Maps is one of those rare and beautiful productions I dream about, where a fine writer has handed a text to a fine director who calls forth a great performance from a fine actor who inspires creatives around her to produce their best for the show.” – Lisa Thatcher, Sydney

“Intelligent, lyrical and haunting.” – Sydney Arts Guide 

 “A fine performance, delivered from the heart in a way that seems authentically autobiographical – 4 stars.” – Edinburgh Guide

 “This is a complex, deeply rewarding piece of theatre, one that balances cerebral exuberance with shattering emotional power – 4 stars.” – The List Edinburgh

“Although the spotlight was on the solo actor, it was an ensemble of fine creative artists who made this work the complete heartfelt experience I love.” – Chris Grady, Edinburgh


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Riverside MembersAdults $44
Concession $41
30 & Under $35
18 & Under $31
Non-MembersAdults $49
Concession $45
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GroupsGroups 8+* $45
School GroupsStudent/Teachers** $23

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