Production Cancelled

Southbank Theatre, The Sumner

A fantasy of life at Heide

Award-winning playwright Anthony Weigh brings a fantastical touch to the uniquely Melbourne story of Heide Museum of Modern Art founder Sunday Reed.

Unfortunately our upcoming production of Sunday can no longer proceed due to the extended lockdown in Melbourne. You can read the full announcement on here.

Production Cancelled
This is rated 5 out of 5 stars

‘Anthony Weigh’s play is a gem… Magnificent.’

The Times UK (on Like a Fishbone)
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‘The intricate way in which the Reeds’ lives unfolded has given rise to a beguiling mythology – the romanticised tale of Heide and its bohemian inhabitants.’

Modern Love: The Lives of John and Sunday Reed


Muse and mentor, Sunday Reed was the founder of Melbourne’s Heide Museum of Modern Art, and the heart of a circle of artists that included the likes of Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker and Joy Hester. In this world premiere MTC commission, Nikki Shiels (Home, I’m Darling) embodies Reed’s passionate and unconventional spirit, bringing to life an audacious fantasy of her fateful affair with Nolan, her unbroken devotion to her husband, and the devastating price she paid for living and loving on her own terms as a woman in mid-20th century Australia.

Sunday Reed isn’t like most women. In fact, she’s not like most men. Outspoken, uninhibited, adventurous, she has a laser eye for the new – in life and in art. When struggling artist Sidney Nolan arrives at Heide, the idyllic utopia Sunday is creating with her beloved husband John Reed on the outskirts of 1940s Melbourne, what ensues will haunt all three to their dying days. And in the aftermath, Australian art will never look the same.

Award-winning playwright Anthony Weigh (2,000 Feet Away) brings this Melbourne icon to the stage with a lively and impressionistic dream of Sunday Reed’s intellectual, artistic and romantic life. Directed by Sarah Goodes (Home, I'm Darling) and also featuring Matt Day (North by Northwest), Mark Leonard Winter (Miss Julie) and Ratidzo Mambo (Escape from Pretoria), Sunday is an unforgettable story of a bold and complex woman, born out of time and place, whose shadow looms large in our city’s history.


Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative.

This production of Sunday is generously supported by MTC’s Sunday Giving Circle donors; Andrew Sisson AO and Tracey Sisson, Orcadia Foundation, Joanna Baevski, Glenda and Greg Lewin AM, Kerry Gardner AM and Andrew Myer AM, Virginia Lovett and Rose Hiscock, Anonymous.


  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • Hearing Assistance

  • Audio Described

  • Open Captioning

Performance Type Performance Date(s)
Audio Described
by Vision Australia
Saturday 16 October at 2pm
Tuesday 19 October at 6.30pm
Open Captioning
via screen
Saturday 23 October at 2pm
Matt Day

Matt Day


Mark Leonard Winter

Mark Leonard Winter


Artwork for Ratidzo Mambo

Ratidzo Mambo



Nikki Shiels


Artwork for Alfie Hughes

Alfie Hughes



Sarah Goodes


Anna Cordingley

Anna Cordingley

Set Designer

Artwork for Harriet Oxley

Harriet Oxley

Costume Designer


Paul Jackson

Lighting Designer

Jethro Woodward

Jethro Woodward

Composer & Sound Designer

Sonya Suares

Sonya Suares

Assistant Director

Daniella Esposito

Daniella Esposito

Assistant Sound Designer

The Sumner

140 Southbank Boulevard

Southbank, Victoria 3006