‘But what’s going on in his head… That’s what actually makes me feel sick. That’s where the betrayal is. In that gap. That unknowable, untraceable gap.’


When wealthy property developer Michael Devine goes missing, his wife Anne and daughter Amy fear the worst.

As the pieces of Michael’s disappearance start falling into place, the picture reveals a scandalous secret.

On the other side of town, Paula and Gary Anderson have an unwanted visitor. Regretting ever having let Ray Wimple creep into their lives, they’re now stuck with his unwelcome and insistent attention.

When these two very different worlds collide, one fateful event will transform both families forever.

Inspired by true events, Dreams in White is a gripping thriller of double lives and urban alienation. It marks the first writer/director collaboration to emerge from the Griffin Studio, uniting the muscular language of Duncan Graham (Cut, Ollie and the Minotaur) with the dynamic direction of Tanya Goldberg (Way To Heaven, The Story of Mary MacLane by Herself).

Cast & Creatives

Director Tanya Goldberg
Dramaturg Tessa Leong
Designer Teresa Negroponte
Lighting Designer Hartley T A Kemp
Composer Kelly Ryall
With Lucy Bell, Mandy McElhinney, Andrew McFarlane, Steve Rodgers, Sara West

Performance Times

Previews 8, 9, 11, 12 February
Season 15 February – 23 March

Subscriber Briefing post-show 19 February

Monday – Friday 7pm
Saturday 2pm and 7pm

The show runs for 80 minutes with no interval.


Interview, Dreams in White


‘Tanya Goldberg’s production is expertly framed and coolly managed.’ Jason Blake, SMH

‘Duncan Graham’s new play is an uncomfortably entertaining thriller delivered in stylish, cool-toned production by Tanya Goldberg.’ Elissa Blake, Sun Herald.

‘This good clear and evocative production by Tanya Goldberg, with a superb cast, establishes at first a feeling of normalcy. But as we piece together what has happened, and what is about to happen, there is a gradually dawning realisation…The climax is shocking.’ John McCallum, The Australian

‘Graham’s writing is sharp and smart…the entire cast excels.’ Jo Litson, Sunday Telegraph

“Graham has written truly fascinating characters and they’re played to perfection, 4stars ****”
Benjamin Neutze, TimeOut

‘An intriguing spectacle that will simmer in the mind long after the performance.’ The Brag

‘Dreams in White packs a tremendous punch in just 80 minutes.’ Diana Simmonds, Stage Noise

‘It is a riveting psychological mystery, a whydunnit instead of a whodunnit, featuring great performances, taut direction, and some truly remarkable writing.’ Jodi McAlister, Australian Stage


‘From beachside Rhonda to the darkest of secrets.’ Mandy McElhinney talks to SMH

Listen to Mandy McElhinney being interviewed on 2UE

Watch Mandy McElhinney on Channel Nine Mornings show here.

Read Duncan Graham’s essay on ‘The Quest for Authenticity’ written for Time Out

‘The play deals with private versus public life – and who gets to be privy to where the line is drawn’ Sara West and Duncan Graham chat to Time Out

‘Where does anybody find their privacy now, their true privacy?’ Duncan Graham chats to themusic.com

‘“It will amuse you. It will arouse your interest. It will stir your curiosity.” It does indeed, and on all counts.’ SMH on The Story of Mary MacLane by Herself.

‘Tanya Goldberg’s production is taut, spare, steadfastly gripping and very well cast.’ SMH on Way to Heaven.

‘Cut is an intriguing and complete work of art and shouldn’t be missed’. SMH on Cut by Duncan Graham

Blog Posts

TALKING POINT by Duncan Graham


There are voices in Australian theatre that debase the idea and value of the script, ‘the play’. They say it’s of no importance as a document, that it’s secondary to the rehearsal room, or the director’s vision, or the need...

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