True West

1 August — 4 September 2020

Southbank Theatre, The Sumner

Josh McConville stars in a fiery new production of Sam Shepard’s masterwork, True West.

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'Shepard's masterwork.'

The New York Times
This is rated 4 out of 5 stars

'Sibling rivalry erupts like a volcano.'

The Guardian (UK)
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'Scaldingly funny'

Variety (US)


This landmark American classic by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Sam Shepard examines the male psyche through an explosive, darkly comic tale of sibling rivalry. In this darkly witty masterpiece of modern theatre, Austin is a young, ambitious screenwriter on the verge of his first big hit. He's taking sanctuary house-sitting for his mum at their family home in southern California, but the quiet of the desert is shattered by the unexpected arrival of Austin’s brother, Lee, a part-time thief and full-time hustler. When Lee embroils himself in Austin’s next film project, tensions quickly flare and brutal ambition gives rise to a deadly stand-off.

True West is a searing portrait of blood brothers – polar opposites, inextricably linked, whose savage relationship embodies their country’s pent-up resentments. This fiery new production is directed by MTC Associate Artistic Director Sarah Goodes (The Children), starring Josh McConville (Golden Shield).


By special arrangement with Music Theatre International (Australasia) on behalf of Josef Weinberger Ltd.


  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • Hearing Assistance

  • Audio Described

  • Tactile Tour

  • Open Captioning

Performance Type Performance Date(s)
Audio Described
by Vision Australia
Saturday 22 August at 2pm
Tuesday 25 August at 6.30pm
Tactile Tour
by Vision Australia
Commences at 1pm, prior to the 2pm performance on Saturday 22 August
Open Captioning
via screen
Saturday 29 August at 2pm
Josh McConville

Josh McConville



Sarah Goodes



Elizabeth Gadsby

Set & Costume Designer


Paul Jackson

Lighting Designer

The Sumner

140 Southbank Boulevard

Southbank, Victoria 3006