The Depot Theatre presents new Australian play
By Simon Dodd
An absurdist comedy about mistaking the stage door for the toilet door.

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30 Mar - 16 April 2016

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"There is really nothing to fault in this show...The Depot Theatre punches well above its weight, presenting well-produced, confidently performed shows that both entertain and inspire, and Plaything is no different." WEEKEND NOTES

"Simon Dodd’s thoughtful script is joyful and amusing...Dodd’s meticulous writing ensures that Plaything provides entertainment at every moment...The show’s lead performers are equally strong...Direction of the work by Julie Baz is vibrantly energetic, with an urgency that keeps us engaged and intrigued." SUZY GOES SEE

"A thoughtful, coherent and laugh out loud experience... PLAYTHING is an impressive piece of art reflecting upon itself ...entertaining and philosophical."

"'Plaything' a perfect piss-take of absurdist theatre."

"The comedy moves from witty banter to broad comic moments easily. Underneath is some wonderful observations on our need to find meaning in everything. Cherrie Whalen-David and David Jeffery have great comic timing and effectively lead us through the ridiculous setup...Recommended." Theatre Now

"Plaything is a wonderfully energetic fun play, but it is equally introspective and self-aware. This is one to take your capacity for fun and your intelligence to knowing that both parts of yourself will be well entertained." LISA THATCHER

"We see some very quirky and enlivened performances from the whole cast, bringing amusing oddities to the table ...These performances bring an uplifting energy to the show and trigger laughter." UPSTAGED REVIEWS


8pm Wed-Sat, 5pm Sun
(Previews Wed 30 and Thurs 31 March)
The Depot Theatre
142 Addison Rd, Marrickville 

$32 Full | $27 Concession | $27 Groups of 10 
$22 Wednesdays | $22 School Students | $22 Previews
Director and Costume Designer Julie Baz  
Set and Lighting Designer David Jeffrey
Stage Manager and Sound Designer  Mehran Mortezaei 
Photography Clare Hawlley and Katy Green Loughrey

Cast Caspar Hardaker, Michael Harrs, David Jeffrey, Cherilyn Price, Cherrie Whalen-David
Plaything is a one-act absurdist comedy, best described as a subtle mix of deep philosophical musings and toilet humour that combines the high-brow with the low-brow to form a whole mono-brow of entertainment! Two strangers mistake the stage door for the toilet door and find themselves trapped in a play. Unable to leave the stage and faced with an audience, they feel the pressure to perform, but don’t know their lines. To make matters worse, a third stranger enters and dies under mysterious circumstances.! Part homage to and piss-take of the Theatre of the Absurd, part existential dilemma, part philosophical rant, lots of bodily fluid jokes and a murder mystery to boot.

David Jeffrey - HE

Originally from New Zealand, David is a 1999 graduate of the Actors College of Theatre and Television (ACTT) . He is the co-founder of The Depot Theatre, Dave and previously co-founded Sydney Independent Theatre Company (SITCO), and Sydney Shakespeare Festival. For The Depot Theatre, he performed the role of Lopakhin in The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chechkov and Paster Manders in Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen. David performed in the Pulitizer nominated Thom Pain (Based on Nothing) by Will Eno (2014), played Topher in the new Australian play, An Ordinary Person by Robert Allan (2013) and Mr Bullen in the Sydney Premiere of Something Natural But Very Childish (2013) at the Old Fitzroy Theatre for SITCO. In 2012, he played Joe Ryan in When the Rain Stops Falling by Andrew Bovell and Frank in Educating Rita by Willy Russell for SITCO and played Claudius in Hamlet and Gremio in The Taming of the Shrew for Sydney Shakespeare Festival. Other credits include The Complete Package by Robert Allan for SITCO, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night and Much Ado About Nothing for Sydney Shakespeare Festival. In 2004, David established Glebe’s only currently operating theatre at The Roxbury Hotel with Julie Baz where they staged six productions under the banner of Go Theatre. David appeared in numerous productions for Go Theatre including the Australian Premiere of Serial Killers by James Griffin and Boys Life by Howard Korder; and prior to that for Darlinghurst Theatre, and other independent theatre companies. 


Simon Dodd is a professional television comedy writer and the recipient of ten Australian Writers’ Guild Awards (AWGIES) as part of the writing team behind such successful TV series as Good News Week and The Glasshouse. Over the years he has played a hand in making humorous heavyweights such as Andrew Denton, Doug Mulray, Paul McDermott, Wil Anderson and Amanda Keller appear even funnier than they would have otherwise. More recently Simon wrote the animated ABC3 TV series The Flamin’ Thongs which was nominated for the 2014 Animation AWGIE award. Simon is the author of the novel Death By Muttonbird and the stage play Plaything. He has also written features for the Sydney Morning Herald and HQ Magazine, as well as a number of travel pieces for lifestyle magazines.

Caspar Hardaker - OTHER MAN

Having graduated with a degree in Theatre and Performance Studies and Creative Writing at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Caspar has continued to be heavily involved in many screen and theatre projects. Having acted in films shown at Sydney Film Festival and festivals around the world in cities such as California and Berlin, Caspar has continued his involvement with acting using other platforms such as YouTube where he has gained recognition internationally for being a part of the short film Modern Educayshun, by Neel Kolhatkar which amassed over 4 million views. He has worked with various theatre companies such as The Violent Romantics and DollpArts Theatre Company and appeared in productions and developments such as Idle Lies in 2015 as part of Spectrum Now Festival and The History of the World From Now, which has gone on to touring to Adelaide Fringe Festival. Throughout his tertiary education Caspar developed his skills with the help of the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) and through the theatre society at UNSW (NUTS), where he played many characters including Damien in Love Story (2013), Peter Pan in Peter Pan (2014), and was also a part of the 2014 production of The Picture of Dorian Gray, winning an award for his portrayal of Lord Henry Watton. Caspar is thrilled to be a part of this play and is extremely excited to delve into the absurdity, hilarity and complexity of Plaything.

Cherilyn Price - OLD WOMAN

Cherilyn has been performing for many years in locations across Sydney and has collaborated with The Depot Theatre’s founders Julie Baz and David Jeffrey for the past 20 years both on and off stage. Previous collaborations include Through a Beaded Lash, her fourth involvement with Robert Allan’s plays. Acting credits include in 2013 when she was cast in Friday by Daniela Giorgi and An Ordinary Person by Robert Allan for Sydney Independent Theatre Company (SITCO) at the Old Fitzroy Theatre. She also had the pleasure of performing the role of Older Elizabeth in When the Rain Stops Falling by Andrew Bovell and Rhonda in the premiere of The Complete Package by Robert Allan at SITCO in Newtown. Further credits include The Liar’s Bible by Fiona Samuels and some delicious Shakespearean characters inHamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors and Much Ado about Nothing, all produced by Sydney Shakespeare Festival in the glorious outdoor setting of Bicentennial Park Glebe. Cherilyn has also performed in Go Theatre’s productions of Jim Cartwright’s Two and Serial Killers by James Griffin at the Roxbury Hotel. Plaything is her first foray into absurdist comedy, how ridiculous!

Michael Harrs - OLD MAN

Michael Harrs is a Director, Actor, Designer and Producer who graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 1981. He started acting classes at the Independent Theatre and had his stage debut at 14 in Dylan Thomas’s play Under Milk Wood directed by Doris Fitton. Michael has worked in theatre, film and television in Australia, USA, Singapore and Japan. He was a founding member of Black Inc Theatre Company in Canberra during the 1980s and assisted in producing and directing plays by Strindberg, Shakespeare, Pinter and Pirandello. Michael produced and performed in three seasons of Tilbury Hotel pantomimes for ‘Yulefest’ at the Clarendon Hotel, Katoomba. He has been a tutor with the NIDA Open Program since 1992 and facilitated programs with NIDA Corporate. Michael is a secondary school teacher of  English and Drama. He directed a tribute to Peter Finch which included Terence Rattigan’s play The Browning Version and Gogol’s one act play Diamond Meets Diamond. Michael directed American playwright David Earle’s play Postnuptials at the NIDA Playhouse for the Mardi Gras program in 2013. His other credits include The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui (Nimrod), They’re Playing Our Song, The Pirates of Penzance for Victorian State Opera, and Jack in The Importance of Being Ernest.

Cherrie Whalen-David - SHE

Cherrie is a graduate of The Ensemble Acting Studios. After taking time out to travel and start a family Cherrie returned to the stage for The Depot Theatres inaugural production of The Cherry Orchard in July 2015. Her other credits include A Quest for Love - Edith Piaff for Belvoir Downstairs, The Kangaroo Creek Gang, TIE, Various plays or Shakespeare Where You Like It and a guest role in the Australian TV series GP. More recently Cherrie played the lead in the short film Carol, Director Ben Beed, and has also appeared in some corporate videos. Cherrie is delighted to be working once again at The Depot Theatre.