Mark Colvin’s Kidney

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Riverside Theatre presents

Mark Colvin’s Kidney


Lennox Theatre


05 April - 08 April 2017

A premiere Australian play based on actual events, showing just how startling real-life can be.

Mary-Ellen Field was a successful Australian business advisor in London when she was accused of leaking private information to the press, destroying her career in the process.

Several years later it’s discovered that reporters from Rupert Murdoch’s News International have been illegally tapping the phones of celebrities and other people of interest, and Mary-Ellen embarks on a campaign to restore her reputation.

Meanwhile in Australia, veteran journalist Mark Colvin is covering the phone hacking controversy, and reaches out to Mary-Ellen after hearing her interviewed. An unlikely friendship ensues, and when Mary-Ellen learns of Mark’s medical condition, she becomes set on a donation that offers them both a kind of salvation.

Mary-Ellen is a fascinating character. She’s deeply establishment while being wildly idiosyncratic. Her determination to do something beautiful in a time of cynicism and corruption is utterly compelling and Helpmann Award-winning actor Sarah Peirse brings her vividly to life.

Director David Berthold (Artistic Director of Brisbane Festival) returns to Sydney to direct this new play by Tommy Murphy following their highly acclaimed collaboration on Holding the Man.

Co-commissioned with Playwriting Australia

Image credit: Daniel Boud

Dates & Times:
Wednesday 5 April at 7.30pm
Thursday 6 April at 7.30pm – Opening Night
Friday 7 April at 7.30pm
Saturday 8 April at 2.15pm & 7.30pm

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Writer Tommy Murphy

Director David Berthold

Set Designer Michael Hankin

Lighting Designer Damien Cooper

With Peter Carroll, Kit Esuruoso, John Howard, Sarah Peirse, Christopher Stollery, Helen Thomson

Ticket Options

Adult $62
Groups 10+ $57
Concession $57
Under 30's $48
Members - Adult $52
Members - Concession $47
Member - Under 30's $38
Transaction fees apply
Phone $4.60
Web $3.60
Counter $2.60
Screen $1.65
School Bookings $3.30


2 hours and 30 minutes (includes interval)

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