Well, That Happened

10 April 2021, 1pm & 7.30pm

Southbank Theatre, The Sumner

A stripped-back performance exploring the year that was.

Approximately 70 minutes, without an interval.

The maximum audience capacity for Well, That Happened will be as per government guidelines at the time of each performance. The auditorium will be divided into four separate quadrants by aisles, but seating will not be socially distanced for this production. Learn more here.

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In the spirit of his hit 2013 show Gaybies, director and writer Dean Bryant reflects on the past year as seen through the eyes of Esther Hannaford, Bert LaBonté, Zahra Newman, Christina O’Neill and Eddie Perfect.

If you’re trying to make sense of 2020, you’re not alone. Stuck inside longer than at any point in history, homeschooling your kids and zooming your workmates while watching racial reckonings and contested elections on screens, the year was, at the very least, unique. Bracketed by masking up for bushfires and then viruses, and unmasking as we finally hit the donut days, Victorians spent months deprived of one of the fundamental ways we have of understanding our humanity – the communal experience of theatre.

Dean Bryant interviewed a group of MTC favourites to share how they got through the year that was, transforming their words into a one-weekend-only theatre event that’s both personal and universal. There’ll be laughter, tears and the occasional song as we come to terms with one of the more epic years of our lives. 

Piano provided by Yamaha Music Australia, a proud Season Partner of MTC.

Well, That Happened was originally part of MTC’s Summer Series, which was proudly supported by Genovese.

Genovese with coffee Blk RGB


  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • Hearing Assistance

Artwork for Esther Hannaford

Esther Hannaford


Artwork for Bert LaBonté

Bert LaBonté


Zahra Newman

Zahra Newman


Christina O’Neill

Christina O'Neill


Artwork for Eddie Perfect

Eddie Perfect


Dean Bryant

Dean Bryant



Mathew Frank

Musical Director

The Sumner

140 Southbank Boulevard

Southbank, Victoria 3006