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Colleen McCullough's


25 Aug 23

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Adapted for the stage by Tim McGarry, Presented by Christine Dunstan Productions

An unlikely friendship…



25–26 August 2023


2pm & 7.30pm

7.30pm, Fri 25 Aug 23 

2pm, Sat 26 Aug 23 

7.30pm, Sat 26 Aug 23 


The Q

Running time

90mins, no interval

Audience advice

Contains haze effects and mild coarse language. Recommended for ages 14+


$30 – $70

Concession tickets must show ID

Group 8+$50ea



Tim is a new Australian play based on the novel of the same title by Colleen McCullough. Filled with notions of love, loss and acceptance, and set in the modern day, this seminal Australian story has been sensitively adapted for the stage by playwright Tim McGarry (Boy Swallows Universe, There’s A Sea in My Bedroom).

Central to the story is an unorthodox love that develops between Mary, a career driven business executive in her mid-50s, and Tim, a handsome 25-year-old labourer with a mild intellectual disability. Tim has grown up in a small but loving working-class family who have tried to shelter him from the cruelness of the world. He is often the brunt of ridicule by those around him, particularly his uncharitable work mates.

What begins as a chance meeting between them, soon develops into a life-changing relationship for both. Tim’s protective family grapple with a deep suspicion of sexual coercion, a disability system that has failed them and the devastating loss of Tim’s mother.

Whilst Tim’s disability is never labelled, it is a constant, underlying theme, embedded in a story that explores the importance of embracing differences, opening oneself to the fullness of life and the opportunities it has to offer.

Directed by award-winning director Darren Yap (Diving for Pearls, Miracle City, Letters to Lindy), Tim’s gripping and controversial storyline catapulted Colleen McCullough to international fame. She remains Australia’s highest selling author, with over 80 million books sold worldwide.

Director Darren Yap

Cast Valerie Bader, Akkshey Caplash, Jeanette Cronin, Ben Goss, Andrew McFarlane and Julia Robertson