Are we gonna do the dumbarse thing and pretend this car is a spaceship?


Smashed is a tale of ‘besties’ Hazel and Ruby. On the verge of adulthood, the future is bright & the past is a disco blur. With impossible high heels stalking through black holes, diva hair and a map to anywhere, these girls know how to play dress-up and how to make believe.

But in this doll’s house universe of memory and fantasy, of unrestrained joy and discordant elegy, the game becomes increasingly desperate when an impending tragedy threatens to blow everything apart.

Smashed brings Melbourne’s finest independent artists to Sydney for the long overdue premiere of one of the great plays from one of Australia’s most imaginative and idiosyncratic writers.

Cast & Creatives

Concept and Director Clare Watson
Set Realisateur Rob Miller
Composer and Sound Designer Kelly Ryall
Lighting Designer Richard Vabre
Production Manager Carly Heard
With Suzannah McDonald & Katherine Tonkin


Performance Times

Preview 7, 8 September
Season 10 September – 1 October

Performance Times
Monday – Saturday
Saturday Matinee 1 October 2pm

Run Time
45 minutes no interval


Trailer, Smashed 


“Would that everyone who believes their work worthy of an audience could demonstrate this level of ingenuity and imagination when showing it.” SMH

“Clare Watson’s production is pure craftsmanship…” Sun Herald

“If you saw Neighbourhood Watch, you might think of Smashed as dessert after main course. A little sweet, a little nutty – but also deep and rich and satisfying.” Time Out

“After the mature achievement of Neighbourhood Watch…it’s terrific to see where Katz has come from and therefore to get a sense of where she’s going. Her gift for language, high-flying themes and ideas and the jokey side of human nature are a joy…” Stage Noise

“It’s a perfect, enchanting, vivacious 45 minutes of theatre.” Concrete Playground

“It is a very delicate work. Conceived, directed, designed by a woman, written by a woman, for women to perform. One feels the power and magic of the energy of the female voice as it interrogates the paths to living in the world. It does feel to have a distinctive female ‘tidal’ pull’.” Kevin Jackson

Smashed is a lovely lyrical piece of writing.” Aussietheatre

Blog Posts

Lally Katz on Smashed


Who are Hazel and Ruby?Hazel and Ruby are the two main characters in Smashed. They are teenage girls and best friends. Like all best friends, they have a complicated relationship, but theirs is especially complicated due to time and space.

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