No Pay? No Way!

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

Riverside Theatres and Sydney Theatre Company present
A Sydney Theatre Company production
By Daria 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 Van-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

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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

(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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Dates and Times:

General Public Performances
Wednesday 1 April at 7:30pm (Opening Night)
Thursday 2 April at 7:30pm
Friday 3 April at 7:30pm
Saturday 4 April at 2:00pm & 7:30pm

School Days Performance
Friday 3 April
Pre-show Talk at 10:15am
Recess Break at 10:45am (Please bring your own recess)
Performance from 11:30am – 1:50pm
Post-show Q&A with the Actors from 1:55pm – 2:15pm

School Days Performance bookings through Sydney Theatre Company only. For more information and to book email


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

Monday to Thursday - A Reserve
Riverside Members Adults
Riverside Members Concession $84
Seniors Cardholder $93
Concession $82
Under 30 $50
Monday to Thursday - B Reserve
Riverside Members Adults
Riverside Members Concession $74
Friday to Saturday - A Reserve
Riverside Members Adults
Riverside Members Concession $84
Non-Members $110
Friday to Saturday - B Reserve
Riverside Members Adults
Riverside Members Concession $74
Non-Members $100
Saturday Evening Performance
All Members
B Reserve $89
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School Days Performance

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