"Trust the destiny in the kill."


This is a play about hunger and desire. It’s Romeo and Juliet pushed to deranged extremes, where the unlikely sweethearts are a 14-year old boy and a young fox with brutal birthrights.

Rdeca’s whole family have fleas. Her mum is pushing her into making her first kill, a snivelling mole, before she’s ready.

Basti is being bullied at school by kids who call him a shrimp. His dad is too busy flirting with the neighbour to be of any real help.

Beneath the light of a full moon, Basti captures Rdeca, and so begins a starcross’d romance between hunter and prey.

Rita Kalnejais (BCBabyteeth) makes a blood-splattered return from London with a play that’s blisteringly funny, provocative and just plain freaky. First Love is the Revolution is Fantastic Mr Fox if Margaret Atwood wrote the Netflix adaptation.

Director Lee Lewis says expect gore—and lots of it.

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Content Warning
This production contains adult themes, depictions of violence, theatrical haze, the use of real feathers, and a dash of blood.

Cast & Creatives

Director Lee Lewis
Lighting Designer Trent Suidgeest
Composer & Sound Designer David Bergman 
Designer Ella Butler
Stage Manager Khym Scott
With Amy Hack, Rebecca Massey, Bardiya McKinnon, Sarah Meacham, Guy Simon and Matthew Whittet

Performance Times

Preview 1– 5 November
Opening Nights 6 & 7 November
Season 8 November – 14 December

Performance Times
Monday – Friday 7pm
Saturday 2pm & 7pm

Run Time
100 minutes no interval

Meet The Artists
Tuesday 12 November

Captioned Performance
Tuesday 3 December


First Love is the Revolution | Trailer

First Love is the Revolution | Meet the Team

Lee Lewis on First Love is the Revolution



Blog Posts

A Note from Karen, 21 November


Lee and Phil are both taking some much needed R&R, leaving space for me to get a few words in before we wrap up the year… I am not sure I can follow up Phil Spencer’s story with my first...

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A Note from Lee, 5 December


I don’t know about you, but I keep waking up in the middle of the night thinking the house is burning. A strange and awful beginning to December with the city shrouded in smoke, our hearts go out to the...

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Still Becoming: In Conversation with Ella Butler


Ella Butler is the Designer of Rita Kalnejais’s First Love is the Revolution. She’s behind the astro-turf wonderland that is the set, as well as the hilariously on-point costumes that build the animalistic world of the play. The Griffs sat...

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“A breath of fresh air – zippy with kinetic energy, endlessly amusing and very endearing” ★★★★ Debbie Zhou, TimeOut

“Playful, moving and shocking. Above all, it makes you constantly check in on your assumptions. What is love? What is human?” ★★★★½ Harriet Cunningham, Sydney Morning Herald

“One of the most eccentric and beguiling coming-of-age stories you will ever encounter.” ★★★★½ Jason Blake, Audrey Journal

First Love Is The Revolution is enthralling theatre. The play delivers a joyous experience of wildly imaginative storytelling that works on many levels… Recommended without reservation.” ★★★★½ Diana Simmonds, Stage Noise

“Kalnejais has crafted a play that is inventive, intelligent and moving” ★★★★½ Theatre People

“It’s a wacky but wonderful idea that leads to a very funny, sweet rom-com providing plenty to ponder around life, death and a plethora of human emotions.” ★★★★ Limelight Magazine

“Passionate and joyous, the zesty production is directed by Lee Lewis, who leaves no stone unturned, in her explorations of this idiosyncratic text, to deliver an experience full of tension and intrigue. Funny, intelligent and highly captivating, First Love Is The Revolution is as entertaining as it is meaningful.” Suzy Wrong, SuzyGoesSee

First Love is the Revolution never ceases to surprise, entertain and engage.” Richard Cotter, Australian Stage

“A brilliantly presented heartwarming and hilarious modern tale of nature and civilization colliding in a most absurd but beautiful way.” Jade Kops, Broadway World

Supported By

This production is supported by Harvey Norman and Dyson, who have donated a vacuum fit for collecting hundreds of chicken feathers, night after night.

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