‘I think about my grandparents walking along this road - And now I am here. I’m in Malta. I’m looking at absolutely everything and trying to drink it in. I feel connected. I feel like I am home.’


In 1948, Angela left Malta. Having gathered up five children, she sailed out on the Strathnavar, leaving poverty and the war behind.

Her destination: Australia. In Surry Hills, she could build a bright new life.

If only she could first learn the language, finish shoring up their dilapidated house, find new friends, get the racist neighbour off her back and keep her son away from sly grog queen Kate Leigh’s kids.

Back in Malta, someone else has made a journey. Making his way along Kalkara’s glistening harbourside, a young man with flowing black hair has returned to claim his past. Paul Capsis is walking home.

A journey that begins at a kitchen table becomes a sprawling family history and a fitting tribute to a much-loved matriarch.

Told simply and truthfully, Angela’s Kitchen is an astonishingly evocative piece of autobiographical theatre from one of Australia’s most versatile performers. For this intimate and incredibly personal new work, Paul Capsis is joined by director Julian Meyrick (October) and associate writer Hilary Bell (The Falls).

Angela’s Kitchen reviewed in the Sydney Morning Herald

Angela’s Kitchen reviewed in TimeOut Sydney

Read an interview with Paul and Julian

Hear Paul and Julian on ABC 702 (recorded 7 November 2010)

(Part One) Paul Capsis on ABC Radio

(Part Two) Paul Capsis on ABC Radio

Production Notes

Direction Julian Meyrick
Paul Capsis
Associate Writer
Hilary Bell
Louise McCarthy
Composer/Sound Design
Alister Spence
Lighting Designer
Verity Hampson
Audio-Visual Designer Steve Toulmin
Stage Manager Karina McKenzie


SBW Stables Theatre
10 Nimrod Street
Kings Cross NSW 2011

What's This About a Spoon?

On the 22nd of October we let 1000 wooden spoons loose on Sydney to start their journey, and find themselves a home in your kitchen drawer. Look for spoons in the streets around Sydney and your favourite Maltese Cafe in the city to win great prizes. Click Here for more information.


Full $45; Seniors $36;
Concession/Preview/Matinee $32;
Group$36; Under 30 $26 (Monday-Thursday)
$15 Rush tickets available every Monday evening

Phone bookings 02 8002 4772
Online bookings

Performance Dates

Previews 5, 6, 8 & 9 November
Season 11 November – 18 December

Performance Times

Monday – Saturday 7pm
Saturday Matinees 2pm
Wednesday Matinees 24 November,  8 December 12pm

Running time 80 minutes without an interval

Graces Blossom by Angus Cerini and Beautiful by Lachlan Philpott will be performed before Angela’s Kitchen on 23 November and 14 December.

Subscriber Briefing after the performance
on 16 November