'We've missed you. Haven't we Truck? There wasn't anyone out there attracted the flies like you did.'


Deep in Western Australia’s mining country, against the blood-red landscape of the Pilbara, a cyclone has wreaked havoc in a remote railway construction camp. Now, a small team of employees anxiously await the arrival of ‘the company man’, sent up from Perth to do his own investigation before a coronial inquiry.

Dog-tired and in search of drink, they do their best to distract themselves, coming together in a makeshift mess hall. But a stormy evening of shared memories soon takes a strange and unexpected turn… From the writer of Bastard Boys and Brides of Christ comes a gripping, contemporary tale of free-will and responsibility in the face of great temptation. With explosive characters and a wily sense of humour, Strange Attractor is a stunning portrait of small-team camaraderie in a globalised market.

In Association with Riverside Productions

Cast & Creatives

Director Nick Marchand
Designer Jo Briscoe
Lighting Designer Bernie Tan
Composer / Sound Designer Steve Francis
Assistant Director Sarah Giles

Performance Times

Previews 23, 24, 26 & 27 October

Season 29 October – 21 November 2009
Monday – Saturday 7pm
Saturday Matinee 2pm

Run Time
Strange Attractor runs for approximately 1 hr 30 with no interval


‘Smith’s script is well-crafted, witty in a nicely savage way and very good at evoking in a few brief encounters and revelatory speeches the past experiences that drive these desperately lonely characters’ John McCallum,The Australian

‘…the text opens up to reveal a tour de force that is a requiem for a nation that should have bigger dreams’ Nick Pickard, Sun Herald

‘The director, Nick Marchand, is disciplined with tension and release of emotion in an expertly paced production.Jason Blake, SMH