“Call me a dish-licker and I will give you a come to Jesus moment you’ll never forget.”


For the Sinclair family, the cut-throat world of greyhound racing is a religion. And their beloved dog Boy Named Sue is more than a greyhound; he’s their heart and soul on four legs. With the crucial Winnebago Classic on the horizon, Cess Sinclair has one shot at reversing his family’s fortunes for good. Against all the odds, he’s betting on a miracle.

The Dapto Chaser is warts-and-all Australian comedy that gets its hands dirty with the adrenaline, sweat and guts of the dog racing sub-culture. The Sinclairs are a family trapped in the pressure cooker of gambling addiction and when things don’t go to plan, they are forced to gamble the most important commodity of all – their relationship to each other.

Playwright Mary Rachel Brown wrote The Dapto Chaser perched in the bleachers track-side, while director Glynn Nicholas will be going on an all-schnitzel diet to get it over the line.

Warning: This production contains dogs, bitches, mongrels, drugs, cheating, lying, winning, losing and masses of family dysfunction.

Produced by Apocalypse Theatre Company

The Dapto Chaser was commissioned and originally produced by Merrigong Theatre Company.

Cast & Creatives

Director Glynn Nicholas
Set and Costume Designer
Georgia Hopkins
Lighting Designer
Toby Knyvett
Sound Designer
Daryl Wallis
Stage Manager Cara Woods
Producer Dino Dimitriadis

With Danny Adcock, Noel Hodda, Jamie Oxenbould, Richard Sydenham

Performance Times

Previews 1 – 2 July
Season 4 – 25 July

Monday – Saturday 7pm
Saturday 25 July 2pm and 7pm

Approximately 95 minutes (no interval)


The Dapto Chaser, Trailer


‘Brown wrings humour from every twist of the plot and the play glows in this well acted and thoroughly realised production directed by Glynn Nicholas.’ ★★★½  Sydney Morning Herald

‘a luscious mix of ingredients that make a spicy, unexpected, twisting, turning narrative. The four characters are richly fashioned and the actors grab them with both hands and make the most of them.’ Stage Noise 

‘All in all, The Dapto Chaser  is funny, rude, illuminating and a fine play that’s meaningful and extremely entertaining. Not to be missed.’ Stage Noise

‘Playwright Mary Rachel Brown has scripted a whippet smart play, a family saga set in the sub culture of dog racing.’ Australian Stage

‘The Dapto Chaser features an awesome foursome of seasoned performers.’ Australian Stage

‘Like a canine on cocaine, The Dapto Chaser is a get up and go show. Run to see it.’ Australian Stage

‘Brown’s script is full of humour and anguish.’ The Australian

‘directed by Glynn Nicholas, who has a sure touch with the comedy, and it has a good cast adept at finding the moments where hope turns to despair and then back again.’ The Australian

‘Danny Adcock is fantastically bitter as Errol’ ★★★ Time Out 

‘Jamie Oxenbould is heartbreaking as the downtrodden Jimmy……Noel Hodda exudes an unctuous charm as the charlatan’ Australian Stage

‘Four actors, all perfectly cast, each giving spectacular performances that leave no imaginable room for improvement. Richard Sydenham is flamboyant and wild as Cess Sinclair.’ SuzyGoSee

The Dapto Chaser is yet another example of the remarkable depth, diversity and quality of theatre in Sydney.’ Lisa Thatcher

‘It’s a piece of Australia we don’t get to see often enough on our stages, and one that provides a very enjoyable night at the theatre.’ Lisa Thatcher

Blog Posts

The Dapto Chaser: From the rehearsal room


With one week of rehearsal under their belts, the Dapto Chaser team have launched into week 2. We’ve been following this dog around the tracks so sneaked in to the rehearsal room to capture Week 1: the design presentation, first read,...

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The Dapto Chaser: Mary Rachel Brown


As The Dapto Chaser heads into the rehearsal room next week, playwright Mary Rachel Brown talks about winning the trifecta. In 2010, I was commissioned by Merrigong Theatre Company to write a play that would speak to the people in the Illawarra...

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2014 Griffin Studio: Introducing Mary Rachel Brown


We get cosy with the second of our four Studio artists for 2014: Mary Rachel Brown, who gives us an insight into her writing processes, about ‘dropping coin’ at the races and wearing tracksuits to work. Mary Rachel Brown and...

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