"Grieve, or have another drink."


As if their 20-year age gap wasn’t trouble enough, Matilda’s fighting for space with Gabe’s long-time bedfellows: misery, booze and writerly angst. She’s not even convinced he’s over his ex-girlfriend and publisher Angela, who was hooked on picking up his pieces.

If Gabe wants to get sober, he’ll have to abandon his image as tragic writer betrothed to the bottle. And if Angela’s really trying to let Gabe go, like her partner Tony needs her to, she should probably say goodbye to Gabe’s wretched cat—which she’s somehow still looking after.

Mary Rachel Brown (The Dapto Chaser) wields her razor-sharp wit to ask painfully familiar questions around romance and addiction: how do we find the strength to be loved? Why do we cling to people intent on pushing us away? And how do we shake off the past, when the bastard won’t stop tailing us?

Teaming up Brown’s deft understanding of human fallibility with director Mitchell Butel’s comedic expertise, Dead Cat Bounce finds humour in the everyday muck, with characters that hit rock bottom…and keep digging.


Content Warning
This show contains the use of strobe, as well as reference to suicide and content which may be confronting for some. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Griffin on 02 9332 1320 or email [email protected].

24-hour NSW Mental Health Line
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Cast & Creatives

Director Mitchell Butel
Designer Genevieve Blanchett
Lighting Designer Alexander Berlage
Composer & Sound Designer Nate Edmondson
Stage Manager Michelle Sverdloff
Stage Management Secondment Jennifer Jackson
With Kate Cheel, Lucia Mastrantone, Johnny Nasser, Josh Quong Tart

Performance Times

Preview 22 – 26 February
Opening Nights 27 & 28 February
Season 1 March – 6 April

Performance Times*
Monday – Friday 7pm
Saturday 2pm & 7pm
Wednesday 27 March 2pm & 7pm

*Please note there is no performance on Thursday 28 March

Running Time
90 minutes no interval
Please note there is a complete lockout on all performances.

Meet The Artists
Tuesday 5 March

Captioned Performance
Tuesday 26 March


Meet the Team

Meet the Cast

Lee Lewis on Dead Cat Bounce


Dead Cat Bounce is a reflective recoil; a whiplash interrogation of the nurtured and sustaining addictions harboured inside an allowance to love.” ★★★★ Judith Greenaway, ArtsHub

Blog Posts

In Conversation: Mary Rachel Brown


“No one ever found any answers at the bottom of a bottle. Not the point, of course. The point of reaching the bottom of the bottle is generally to forget the questions.” C.J. Tudor, The Chalk Man   Questions Let’s...

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