The Architect

by Aidan Fennessy

27 September — 31 October 2018

Southbank Theatre, The Sumner

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?

Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including a 20-minute interval

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Nicholas Bell

Nicholas Bell

John Stafford


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

The Sumner

140 Southbank Boulevard

Southbank, Victoria 3006

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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.

You can also download a copy of the show programme for The Architect before you head to the theatre, and a range of other information about the show – from interviews to podcasts – can be found throughout the season here at


  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • Hearing Assistance

  • Audio Described

  • Tactile Tour

  • Open Captioning

Performance Type Performance Date(s)
Audio Described Tuesday 9 October at 6.30pm
Saturday 13 October at 4pm
Tactile Tour Prior to the Saturday performance at 3pm
Open Captioning
via screen
Thursday 18 October at 8pm