‘One pure thought loops through my fritzing, blown-apart brain: so this is fatherhood.’


A crippled boxer fights on to atone for past sins. A young killer whale trainer comes face to face with death. And a dog fighter discovers fatherhood in the most unexpected of places.

Three men, three interwoven stories. Each has his will tested beyond belief in this potent exploration of masculinity at its most fragile and brutal.

Adapted by award-winning playwright Caleb Lewis, from the short stories by Canadian writer Craig Davidson, Rust and Bone brings the talents of exciting Adelaide director Corey McMahon to Sydney.

Stories Like These and Griffin Independent present this World Premiere

This show runs for 70 mins

Cast & Crew

Director Corey McMahon
Assistant Director Sanja Simic
Set and Costume Designer Michael Hankin
Lighting Designer Teegan Lee
Composer and Sound Designer Nate Edmondson

With Wade Briggs, Renato Musolino and Sam Smith

Times & Tickets

Previews 9, 10 January
Season 12 January – 2 February

Monday – Friday 7pm
Saturday, 2 February – 2pm and 7pm

Adult $35
Senior/Concession/Preview/Matinee/ Group (+8) $28


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SBW Stables Theatre
10 Nimrod Street
Kings Cross NSW 2011

Press & Reviews


‘This is another starkly moving play in the Stories Like These series. 4 out of 5 stars’.  Time Out

‘McMahon’s uncluttered production…[has] seamless cues between Smith, Briggs and Musolino and crisp interplay with Teegan Lee’s lighting and Nate Edmondson’s sound design’ Jason Blake, SMH

Rust and Bone is a magnificent play, performed by three highly talented, passionate actors. This is the kind of show that illustrates the unique, incredibly special gift of live performance’. ArtsHub

“…compelling in the dark beauty of its writing and the depths of emotion to which its actors take their characters” – Carol Wimmers, StageWhispers

Rust and Bone is one of the best constructed pieces of theatre I have seen for a long time. It is powerful, moving, and visceral: cunningly written, cleverly directed, and wonderfully performed. Wholeheartedly recommended” Jodi McAlister, Australian Stage Online

“A marvellous alchemy from page to stage which will surely make audiences want to search out the source material” Richard Cotter, Sydney Arts Guide

“The cast is…excellent.” Tomas Boot, Theatrepeople.com.au


‘Each of these men’s stories remains separate – they’re in different times, different places – but in the theatre we’re able to draw on their similarities to show how they all deal with their dark sides.’ Corey McMahon on Rust and Bone in SMH

‘Kicking off the Griffin program for 2013 is a show that is sure to pack a punch.’ Altmedia on Rust and Bone