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The Sound Inside

Tony Award nominee The Sound Inside makes its Australian premiere


Nominated for six 2020 Tony Awards, including Best Play, The Sound Inside by Adam Rapp will make its Australian premiere, opening on Thursday 26 May at Arts Centre Melbourne.

Directed by Sarah Goodes (Home, I’m Darling), the production will see Catherine McClements (Three Little Words) return to MTC and star alongside Shiv Palekar (The Real Thing) in this riveting, profound and exquisite mystery.

An intimate character study of an Ivy League professor and student, The Sound Inside is an extraordinary showcase of playwriting dexterity that will keep you captivated from the start.

Director Sarah Goodes said, ‘The Sound Inside haunts you in the same way a character from a great novel does – following you around for days after, quietly waiting for you when you wake up.

‘It explores our need for story to make sense of our lives and is a totally gripping ride along the way.

‘Having two actors of the calibre of Catherine McClements and Shiv Palekar promises to make it a night in the theatre you won’t forget, both dark, funny and deeply moving it’s the ultimate theatre experience – a celebration of that unique special bond of collective imagination between writer, performer and audience.’


About the Play: When the brash and enigmatic Christopher barges into the office of acclaimed author Bella Baird, the two misfits find in each other an unexpected intellectual match. Over the ensuing weeks, the young man breaks down Bella’s defences and a tentative friendship forms. But will it be strong enough to withstand an impossible choice?


Sarah Goodes is a Helpmann Award-winning theatre director recognised for bringing over 14 new Australian works to the mainstage. For Melbourne Theatre Company, Sarah’s work includes Così, Golden Shield, Arbus & West, Astroman, A Doll’s House: Part 2, The Children (with Sydney Theatre Company), Three Little Words, John and Home I’m Darling. As Resident Director at Sydney Theatre Company, Sarah directed The Hanging, Disgraced, Orlando, Battle of Waterloo, The Effect, Vere (Faith), The Splinter, Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness (with La Boite) and Switzerland. Sarah’s other directing credits include The Sugar House (Belvoir); The Sweetest Thing, The Small Things, Elling and Black Milk (B Sharp Belvoir); The Colour of Panic (Sydney Opera House); and Grace (Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre). In 2018, Sarah won a Helpmann Award for Best Direction of a Play for her work on The Children, which also won Helpmann Awards for Best Play and Best Female Actor.


Cast Catherine McClements, Shiv Palekar

Director Sarah Goodes      

Set Concept & Design Elizabeth Gadsby

Costume Designer & Set Design Realisation Jo Briscoe

Lighting Designer Paul Jackson

Composer Steve Francis

Sound Designer Danni A. Esposito

Voice & Dialect Coach Amy Hume


Dates 20 May – 2 July

Opening Night Thursday 26 May

Venue Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio

Tickets Tickets for The Sound Inside are on sale now. For more information visit

03 8688 0800


Presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

Published on 29 April 2022

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