‘So disarming and funny and true … more akin to the unlikeliest sort of romantic comedy than an end-of-life drama.’

The Age

From award-winning playwright Aidan Fennessy (What Rhymes with Cars and Girls) comes a moving and thought-provoking new work that grapples with one of life’s biggest questions – how do we become the architect of our lives? Directed by Peter Houghton (The Odd Couple) this empathetic and surprisingly humorous story highlights the solace we take in moments of unexpected joy whilst navigating the politics and emotions that come with confronting the end of life.

Hiring a temporary carer requires some serious vetting and when Helen’s partner John heads off on a brief overseas trip she concedes to the arrangement by appointing the least likely candidate; a dubious young drifter and jack-of-all-trades. With an incorrigible zest for life, he could be just the medicine she needs – if it wasn’t for the monumental secret he’s hiding. As their disparate worlds collide and an unexpected bond forms, Helen turns to Lennie to help face her final moments.

Starring Offspring’s Linda Cropper alongside Nicholas Bell (North by Northwest), Stephen Phillips (Winners & Losers) and Johnny Carr (What Rhymes with Cars and Girls) as the unlikely house guest.

Commissioned by MTC with the support of the Joan & Peter Clemenger Trust.

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Cast & Crew

Nicholas Bell

Nicholas Bell

John Stafford

Johnny Carr

Johnny Carr

Leonard Wadsley

Linda Cropper

Linda Cropper

Helen Pyefinch

Stephen Phillips

Stephen Phillips

Jeremy Pyefinch

Peter Houghton

Peter Houghton


Christina Smith

Christina Smith

Set & Costume Designer

Matt Scott

Matt Scott

Lighting Designer

J David Franzke

J David Franzke

Composer & Sound Designer

News & Reviews



The result is electric … audiences should flock to it.

Time Out

An impressively, astonishingly polished production … real artistry.

The Australian

Beautifully written. Hilariously funny … a deeply moving and wonderful piece of new Australian writing.

Australian Stage

A deeply moving piece of superb theatre … Do not miss this production.

Theatre People


Attendance Information

  • Contains themes of euthanasia, coarse language and the use of theatrical haze. For detailed information about the production’s content click here.

    Further details regarding this production’s content will be available closer to the season. Please call our box office on (03) 8688 0800 for more information.

  • Hearing Assistance Wheelchair accessible Audio Description Tactile Tour Open Captioning

    The Architect will be Audio Described on Tuesday 9 October, 6.30pm and Saturday 13 October, 4pm with a tactile tour at 3pm prior to the Saturday performance.

    Captions are available via a screen for the performance on Thursday 18 October, 8pm

    You can learn more about access services at MTC here.