"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.

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

Run 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

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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A Note from Lee, 28 March


Number one thing to do when the autumnal weather is weird…come to the theatre! We promise we will protect you from the elements, and treat you to some wonderful theatre to boot. Dead Cat Bounce by Mary Rachel Brown is nearly at...

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A Note from Phil, 14 March


I would like to start with a shout-out to the woman on my train to Kings Cross this morning who I saw sipping Red Bull (at 9.30am) and googling “How long does it take to get a black belt in...

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A Note from Lee, 28 February


You have three things to do today: Book your tickets to Dead Cat Bounce. It is officially open—kicking off our 2019 Main Season! Bring tissues. Check out the programme for our second ever Batch Festival, and book your tickets—shows will...

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A Note from Lee, 14 February


Blink. January is gone. Blink. Valentine’s Day. Blink. Dead Cat Bounce has its first preview next Friday night. So what you could do is invite your Valentine to come to the theatre. A stroll up the hill enjoying that Kings...

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A Note from Lee, 31 January


Hot! Hot! Hot! The weather yes, but also Omar Musa and Betty Grumble—what a start to 2019 at Griffin. And right now we have Mary Rachel Brown‘s Dead Cat Bounce in rehearsal, we’re gearing up to launch our second Batch...

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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

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