"Some people just aren't winners. Some people only ever get to look in at the window"


When social worker Ant discovers Currah, a young Indigenous girl with a horrific past, he’s certain he’s found the way to make a difference.

When literary agent extraordinaire Ronnie Lowe discovers Currah, she’s certain she’s found marketing gold.

Now Currah’s got the world at her feet, an army of fans and isn’t returning any of Ant’s calls. Finding himself flung aside, Ant will do anything to be part of the spotlight.

Inspired by the recent spate of fabricated “misery memoirs”,  A Hoax is a vicious satire on the politics of identity, modern celebrity and the peddling of abuse culture.

Glace Chase burst onto the scene when her first play Whore won the Griffin Award, toured to New York and took out the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award. A Hoax is Glace’s provocative and hilarious second play, and winner of the 2011 Griffin Award.

With its wickedly irreverent humour, A Hoax will make you gasp with delight and despair in one breath.

Co-produced with La Boite Theatre Company

Cast & Creatives

Director Lee Lewis
Dramaturg Tahli Corin
Designer Renée Mulder
Design Assistant Melita Lee Yuen
Lighting Designer Jason Glenwright
Music, Sound & AV Designer Steve Toulmin
With Charles Allen, Glenn Hazeldine, Sally McKenzie & Shari Sebbens

Performance Times

Previews 20, 21, 23, 24 July
Season 27 July – 1 September

Subscriber Briefing post-show 31 July

Monday – Friday 7pm
Saturday 2pm and 7pm

Run Time 2 hours 20 mins including interval


Trailer, A Hoax


“An entertaining and provocative play.” Jason Blake,  SMH 

“Glace Chase’s exquisitely crafted new play…is compelling, surprising and genuinely funny…the cast are uniformly strong.” Chris Hook, Daily Telegraph

“Entertaining satire jumps off the page and onto the stage.” Jo Litson, Sunday Telegraph

“Undeniably well written and complex.” Elissa Blake, Sun-Herald

“Likely to be the wittiest play you will see all year ****” – Darryn King, TimeOut Sydney

“This affecting tale about identity, indigenous stories and people pretending to be other than they are is certainly deserving of the prestigious 2011 Griffin Award.” Geraldine Worthington, OzBabyBoomers.com.au 

“An exceptional piece of writing – funny, sad, poignant, frightening, excellently executed, A HOAX is a fully fleshed foray into where the truth lies.” Richard Cotter, SydneyArtsGuide.com

Director Lee Lewis has done a tremendously good job of bringing the best out of her actors.’ Crikey.com.au

‘Chase’s riveting text is sharp, pacy, daring and plumbs some dark depths of the human spirit in its examination of the real-life phenomenon of “misery memoir” writers.’ Courier Mail

A Hoax succeeds in showing there’s nothing redemptive about spinning lies in the search for fame.’ The Australian

‘You have to go and see A Hoax and support this stimulating new piece of high impact Australian theatre.’ Australian Stage

‘Brisbane audiences are the first in the world to see Glace Chase’s new play A Hoax. It’s a privilege for which I think audiences will be extremely grateful.’ Greenroom

‘Australia doesn’t necessarily want you to be a big personality’ Glace Chase in The Australian

‘I look forward to the day when indigenous actors can play Hamlet and Ophelia and not just Othello and Desdemona.’  Shari Sebbens in SMH

‘On every level, Lewis’s production is near faultless.’ Sydney Morning Herald on Silent Disco.

‘Everything about Lewis’s direction here is fluid, focused and energetic’. Time Out on Silent Disco.

Glace Chase wins Griffin Award 2011. Australian Stage

Blog Posts



Glace Chase, Griffin Award-winning playwright, has been up in Brisbane with the cast and crew of A Hoax in their first weeks of rehearsal. It’s been an exhilarating and hilarious time up in Brisneyland. The final stages of a new...

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Glace Chase writes about the literary hoaxes that inspired her play A Hoax, opening at Griffin in July. Hoax number #1 is A Million Little Pieces by James Frey.

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