No Pay? No Way!

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No Pay? No Way!

Venue Riverside Theatre
Dates 01 April - 04 April 2020
Category Live Event


Performances of Sydney Theatre Company’s production of No Pay? No Way! have been cancelled.

If you booked through Riverside Theatres, a member of our Box Office will contact ticket holders regarding refund options. If you booked through Sydney Theatre Company, a member of their Box Office will contact you in regards to refund options.

Riverside Theatres and Sydney Theatre Company present
A Sydney Theatre Company production
By Dario Fo
In a new adaptation by Marieke Hardy
Directed by Sarah Giles

Prices are out of control – and so is Antonia. Riled by the rising cost of living, she agitates a riot in the local supermarket with an army of unruly housewives, leaving the place gutted. What follows is a wild and unpredictable caper, as Antonia and her friend Margherita attempt to outsmart the police, hoodwink their husbands, and ‘liberate’ more loot. This is high-wire farce.

No Pay? No Way! (sometimes known as Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!) was written by Italian father of farce and Nobel laureate Dario Fo in 1974 and its ever-resonant themes of rising corporate greed, wage stagnation and the thrills of sticking it to the man have seen it staged around the world ever since.

Sydney Theatre Company’s whip-smart new adaptation comes from the pen of Marieke Hardy, one of ABC TV’s great comic forces, and features the incomparable talents of Helen Thomson (Mary Stuart) as Antonia. Brought to life by director Sarah Giles (Accidental Death of an Anarchist) with a cast of Catherine Văn-Davies (Going Down), Glenn Hazeldine (Così), Rahel Romahn (Lord of the Flies) and Aaron Tsindos (Muriel’s Wedding the Musical), No Pay? No Way! is an irreverent and hilarious comedy with a glint in its eye.

FYI this production contains sexual references and frequent strong language

Sarah Giles

Charles Davis

Lighting Designer
Paul Jackson

Composer and Sound Designer
Steve Francis

Movement Director
Tim Dashwood

Photo by
Rene Vaile

Glenn Hazeldine
Rahel Romahn
Helen Thomson
Aaron Tsindos
Catherine Văn-Davies


★★★★ “A ferociously funny piece of political theatre… The production is blessed with a first-rate cast of Sydney theatre’s best comedic players.” Time Out Sydney

★★★★★ “A complete joy to watch… Liberation takes many forms in this stellar offering which contorts riotously for two hours to hit the frontal lobe along with the funny bone.” ArtsHub

★★★★ “A riotous, ridiculous delight with a sting in its tail… I haven’t heard an audience laugh so loud for a long time.” Limelight Magazine

★★★★ “Helen Thomson is deftly hilarious… Featuring stellar comic talents, this production of Dario Fo’s satirical farce is among the funniest Sydney Theatre Company has put to the stage in years.” Audrey Journal

★★★★1/2 “No Pay? No Way! is a frenzy of laughs.” 2CH

“[A] delicious production by Sarah Giles… a very funny show” The Australian

“Funny? There has to be a stronger word? Funny? If I wasn’t sitting down, I’d have fallen over. I mean, at one point I was crying.“ Sydney Morning Herald

“Director Sarah Giles’ rendering of the play is relentlessly energetic, for scenes of hilarity that tickle us from start to end. Although the laughs are incessant, hearty and thoroughly enjoyable, not one moment goes by that lets us forget the politics being discussed.” Suzy Goes See

“It’s an ingenious design – by Charles Davis, lit by Paul Jackson – with a 1970s tenement block-cum-Transformer that gets its own round of applause.” Stage Noise


“Absolutely hilarious!” Helen, via Facebook

“We laughed solid for 2 hours. Highly recommended!” Catherine, via Facebook

“I was quite literally doubled over laughing. Helen Thomson is a goddess and possess one of the widest ranges in Australia. Absolutely go see it.” Nathaneal, via Twitter

“Funniest play ever. Laughing from beginning to end” Frances, via Facebook

“Amazing production! Engaging and hilarious. Loved every minute of it” Lisa, via Facebook

“FUNNY. Absolutely brilliant.” Rachel, via Facebook

“The best night out. So many laughs. We loved it.” Pauline, via Instagram

(Stages 5 – 6)

From the Program Coordinator…

It is astounding how many texts written decades ago as a political protest to the power and authority at the time remain relevant today. Texts like No Pay? No Way! give students an opportunity to reflect on the human condition and to compare cultural and historical contexts in both periods. Dario Fo’s unique theatrical style references Commedia Dell’Arte, farce and clowning, making his work riotously funny and entertaining, as well as poignant and thought-provoking. 

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General Public Performances
2 hours 20 minutes (Including 20 minute interval)

School Days Performance
2 hours 20 minutes (Including interval plus pre-show talk, recess break and post-show Q&A with the actors)

Ticket Prices

Wednesday to Saturday Matinee- A Reserve
Riverside Members Adults
Riverside Members Concession $84
Non-Members Adults $103
Senior Cardholder $93
Non-Members Concession $82
Non-Members 30 & Under $50
Wednesday to Saturday Matinee - B Reserve
Riverside Members Adults
Riverside Members Concession $74
Non-Members Adults $93
Senior Cardholder $93
Non-Members Concession $82
Non-Members 30 & Under $50
Saturday Evening - A Reserve
Riverside Members
Non-Members $110
Saturday Evening - B Reserve
Riverside Members
Non-Members $100
SCHOOL GROUPSSchool Performance $27
GP Performance $45

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