The Almighty Sometimes

15 Apr — 18 May 2024

Southbank Theatre, The Sumner

Film, TV and stage icon Nadine Garner (ABC’s Savage River) returns to our stage alongside Max McKenna (Muriel’s Wedding the Musical) in Kendall Feaver’s remarkable and multi-award-winning play.

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

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This is rated 5 out of 5 stars

‘Sensitive and nuanced.’

This is rated 5 out of 5 stars

‘Led with devastating skill by McKenna and Garner.’

Time Out
This is rated 4 out of 5 stars

‘An excellent, empathetic portrait of mental illness.’

The Guardian
This is rated 4 out of 5 stars

‘Bold, insightful and compassionate.’



Film, TV and stage icon Nadine Garner (ABC’s Savage River) and Max McKenna (Muriel’s Wedding the Musical) star in this multi-award-winning family drama.

When 18-year-old Anna stumbles upon stories she wrote as a child she discovers a thrilling but unfamiliar imagination bursting from the pages. Now she's determined to discover who she is without the label that has defined most of her life, but her pursuit pits her against her seemingly well-meaning mother, boyfriend and the therapist she no longer sees as an ally.

With heart and humour Kendall Feaver's tender portrait echoes conversations happening at dinner tables across the country, while tapping into the universal tension between a mother's care and a child's independence. A complex and multi-faceted gem, its brilliance will take on a different shine from wherever you sit in the conversation.


  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • Hearing Assistance

  • Audio Described

  • Tactile Tour

  • Open Captioning

  • Closed Captioning

  • Auslan Interpreted

Performance Type Performance Date(s)
Audio Described
by Vision Australia
Saturday 4 May at 2pm
Tuesday 7 May at 6.30pm
Tactile Tour
at venue
Saturday 4 May at 2pm (Tactile tour commences at 1pm)
Open Captioning
via screen
Saturday 11 May at 2pm
Closed Captioning
via GoTheatrical App
Saturday 11 May at 2pm
Auslan Interpreted
by Auslan Stage Left
Tuesday 14 May at 6.30pm
Nadine Garner

Nadine Garner


Nadine Garner returns to the Melbourne Theatre Company stage following The Lifespan of a Fact, The Well, Emerald City, Photograph 51, Di and Viv and Rose, The Distance, The Weir, Private Lives, Three Sisters, The Balcony, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Così and The Cherry Orchard. Other theatre credits include Tell Me I’m Here (Belvoir); Emerald City (Queensland Theatre); A Little Night Music (Watch This National Theatre); Zebra!, Life After George (Sydney Theatre Company); Birds Eye View (Old Fitz Theatre); Miss Julie (Perth Theatre Company); The Taming of The Shrew (EHJ Productions); Cabaret (IMG Entertainment); The Three Sisters (20/20 Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Elston Hocking & Woods). Her television credits include Savage River, Bloom, Part Time Private Eyes, My Life is Murder, Mr Black, It’s a Date, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, City Homicide, Blue Water High, Boys from the Bush, Class Act and Henderson Kids. Her film work includes Darklands, Celeste, The Wedding Party, Razzle Dazzle, The Book of Revelation, Metal Skin and Mull. She received a Helpmann Award and a Green Room Award for her performance in Cabaret, a New York City International Film Festival Award for The Wedding Party, and an AFI Award for Best Actress for Mull.

Current as of April 2024

Artwork for Max McKenna

Max McKenna


Max McKenna graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in 2016 and is making their debut with Melbourne Theatre Company. Their theatre credits include Bananaland (Brisbane Festival); Jagged Little Pill (GWB Entertainment); Fun Home, Muriel’s Wedding the Musical (Sydney Theatre Company); Dear Evan Hansen (U.S national tour - 101 Productions ltd). Their television credits include The Doctor Blake Mysteries: Family Portrait, Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony (Solo Performance); While the Men Are Away, Strife. Film credits include Jones Family Christmas. They were named a CGA Rising Star in 2022 and received nominations for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical at the Sydney Theatre Awards in 2021 for Fun Home and Jagged Little Pill. In 2017, Max was also nominated for a Helpmann Award and a Sydney Theatre Award for Muriel’s Wedding the Musical.

Current as of April 2024

Artwork for Louisa Mignone

Louisa Mignone


Louisa Mignone is excited to make her Melbourne Theatre Company debut in The Almighty Sometimes. Other theatre credits include Death of a Salesman (GWB Entertainment/Red Line Productions); The Fence (Darebin Arts/29 Scenes); Anna K (Malthouse Theatre); Mortido (Belvoir); The Club (State Theatre Company South Australia); Antigone (Sport For Jove); The Pork Stiletto (The Old Fitzroy); The Boys (Griffin Theatre Company); Fugitive, Boom Bah! (Windmill Theatre); Actors At Work (Bell Shakespeare Company). She is a founding member of Adelaide-based theatre company isthisyours? whose original works have toured nationally and picked up numerous awards. Louisa’s film and television highlights include Fake, The Twelve, Scrublands, Australian Gangster, Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries, Wentworth, Halifax Retribution, Secret City: Under the Eagle, Rake, How to Stay Married, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Fat Tony & Co, My Place, East West 101, Infini, Two Fists One Heart, and Latte e Miele, which she also created.

Current as of April 2024

Artwork for Karl Richmond

Karl Richmond


Ko Ngāti Toa Rangatira te Iwi. Karl is a Green Room Award-nominated actor who trained at Victorian College of the Arts, graduating in 2018. He returns to Melbourne Theatre Company after appearing in Touching the Void and The Lifespan of a Fact (Melbourne Theatre Company). His other theatre credits include The Inheritance (fortyfivedownstairs); Holding Achilles (Sydney Festival, Brisbane Festival); The Hour of the Wolf, Atlantis (Malthouse Theatre); Ishmael (Dead Puppets Society); Punk Rock (Patalog Theatre); Truly Madly Britney (Theatre Works). Karl was also assistant director on Moulin Rouge! The Musical.

Current as of April 2024

Artwork for Kendall Feaver

Kendall Feaver


Kendall Feaver is a playwright, screenwriter and lyricist from Australia/New Zealand, now based in London. Her debut play, The Almighty Sometimes (Royal Exchange) has been seen in multiple productions around the world, winning numerous awards, including a Judges’ Award at the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, Best New Play at the UK Theatre Awards, and the NSW and the Victorian Premier’s Prizes for Drama. Works for 2024 include Alma Mater (Almeida Theatre) and an adaptation of a best-selling children’s novel (National Theatre). Previous work includes Wherever She Wanders (Griffin Theatre Company) and My Brilliant Career (Belvoir). Kendall is currently writing musicals for Sonia Friedman Productions, the Roald Dahl Story Company and Belvoir, original plays for Manhattan Theatre Club and Almeida Theatre, and film and TV commissions (including for Pathé UK). She has worked on invited attachments at the National Theatre and the Bush Theatre, was awarded the 2019/20 Philip Parsons Fellowship at Belvoir Street Theatre and was an inaugural Genesis Almeida Playwright (2020/21).

Current as of April 2024

Artwork for Hannah Goodwin

Hannah Goodwin


Hannah Goodwin is a director and dramaturg who lives and works on Gadigal land. She is currently Resident Director at Belvoir. Her directing credits include Blessed Union, Wayside Bride, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (Belvoir); Never Closer (Downstairs Belvoir); A Very Expensive Poison (NIDA); The Sorry Mum Project (National Theatre of Parramatta, Bondi Feast); A Girl in School Uniform (Walks into a Bar) (Kings Cross Theatre), and The Carousel (Kings Cross Theatre, Merrigong, Downstairs Belvoir, Shopfront Arts Co-op). Associate directing credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Fangirls (Sydney Opera House). She assistant directed on Black Brass, Stop Girl, My Brilliant Career, Packer and Sons (Belvoir); and Love (Darlinghurst Theatre Company). Hannah was the Andrew Cameron Fellow at Belvoir from 2020 to 2022 and the recipient of ATYP’s Rose Byrne Leadership Scholarship in 2019.

Current as of April 2024

Artwork for Jacob Battista

Jacob Battista

Set & Costume Designer

Jacob Battista is a Melbourne-based theatre designer and practitioner. Jacob completed a Bachelor of Production at the Victorian College of the Arts. Design credits include A Very Jewish Christmas Carol, Admissions (Melbourne Theatre Company); Flake, A Simple Act of Kindness, Grace, Iphigenia in Splott, Love, Love, Love, Jumpers for Goalposts, Belleville and Out Of The Water (Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre); Driftwood, the Musical (Umbrella Productions); Hand to God, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and Bad Jews (Vass Theatre Group); Rust and Bone (La Mama Theatre); Burn This (fortyfivedownstairs); Songs for a New World (Blue Saint); Therese Raquin (Dirty Pretty Theatre); Carrie The Musical (Ghost Light); and as associate set designer Bernhardt/Hamlet and Shakespeare in Love (Melbourne Theatre Company). Jacob was a recipient of a 2016 Besen Family Scholarship at Malthouse Theatre working with Marg Horwell on Edward II and is also a recipient of an Australia Council ArtStart Grant.

Current as of April 2024

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Amelia Lever-Davidson

Lighting Designer

Amelia Lever-Davidson is a Melbourne-based lighting designer, whose practice encompasses theatre, dance, television and events. Her design credits include Meet Me at Dawn, Bloom, Bernhardt/Hamlet, Girls & Boys, Slap. Bang. Kiss, Admissions, Torch the Place, and The Violent Outburst That Drew Me To You (Melbourne Theatre Company); The Seagull and Julius Caesar (Sydney Theatre Company); Blessed Union, My Brilliant Career and Every Brilliant Thing (Belvoir); They Divided The Sky (Belvoir 25A); Hour Of The Wolf, K-Box, Because The Night, Australian Realness, Trustees and Turbine (Malthouse Theatre); System Error and Diaspora (Chamber Made); Next Move 11 (Chunky Move); Leviathan (Circa); Hydra, Moral Panic, Contest, Niche, Conviction and Dream Home (Darebin Arts’ Speakeasy); Looking Glass and Triumph (fortyfivedownstairs); Monument, A Simple Act of Kindness, Desert 6.29pm, Jurassica and Foxfinder (Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre). Amelia’s work has been recognised with four Green Room Awards. She is an Australia Council ArtStart and JUMP Mentorship recipient and was also part of Melbourne Theatre Company’s inaugural Women in Theatre Program.

Current as of April 2024

Kelly Ryall

Kelly Ryall

Composer & Sound Designer

Kelly Ryall is an award-winning composer, musician and sound designer for stage and screen. Stage highlights include My Sister Jill, Cyrano, Berlin, A View from the Bridge, Working with Children, Di and Viv and Rose, Hay Fever, Three Little Words, Double Indemnity, Rupert, The Crucible (Melbourne Theatre Company); Triple X (with Queensland Theatre), The Trial (with Malthouse Theatre), Boys Will Be Boys (Sydney Theatre Company); Nosferatu, Edward II, The Shadow King (Malthouse); Hedda, Scenes from a Marriage (Queensland Theatre); Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, Tartuffe, Macbeth, Julius Caesar (Bell Shakespeare); The House on the Lake, Emerald City, The Boys, The Floating World, Dreams in White (Griffin Theatre Company); Opening Night, Title and Deed, Nora, Hedda Gabler (Belvoir); Suddenly Last Summer (Ensemble). For dance, Kelly has composed music for renowned choreographers such as Kyle Page, Danielle Micich, Daniel Riley, Lucy Guerin, Nicola Gunn, Sandra Parker, Paula Ley and KAGE. Kelly has received four Green Room Awards and a Melbourne International Arts Festival Award.

Current as of April 2024

Matt Furlani

Matt Furlani

Voice & Text Coach

Matt Furlani is a voice & dialect coach and actor, holding a Postgraduate Diploma in Voice Studies and Bachelor of Dramatic Art from the Victorian College of the Arts. Matt has worked as voice and dialect coach on productions including 37, A Very Jewish Christmas Carol, My Sister Jill, Bloom, Jacky, Come Rain or Come Shine, Admissions, The Truth and Home, I’m Darling (Melbourne Theatre Company); &Juliet (Michael Cassel Group); Looking for Alibrandi (Malthouse); Wolf Play, Heroes of the Fourth Turning, Iphigenia in Splott, The Cane, Pomona and Ulster American (Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre); Death of a Salesman (Hearth Theatre) and feature film Daliland (Magnolia Pictures). In 2016 he was a recipient of the Mike Walsh Fellowship, enabling him to travel to Scotland and work with renowned voice teacher and author of Freeing the Natural Voice, Kristin Linklater. He has taught at 16th Street Actors Studio since 2017.

Current as of April 2024

Artwork for Lyndall Grant

Lyndall Grant

Fight Choreographer & Movement Consultant

Lyndall Grant is a fight director, movement director, actor and motion capture specialist. She trained in acting at London’s ArtsEd School of Acting and then specialised in fight performance and movement. Lyndall is an accredited teacher with the British Academy of Dramatic Combat and a member of the Society of Australian Fight Directors. In 2013 she founded Captivate Action, which trains actors in stage/screen combat and motion capture. Lyndall was a guest instructor at the Paddy Crean International Stage Combat Workshop in Canada and teaches at the Victorian College of the Arts and 16th Street Actors Studio. Recent fight/movement credits include 37, My Sister Jill, A Very Jewish Christmas Carol, Is God Is, Sunday, As You Like It, Berlin, The Lifespan of a Fact, The Architect, Cosi, Torch the Place, The Lady in the Van, Astroman (Melbourne Theatre Company); The Picture of Dorian Gray (Michael Cassel Group); Beauty and the Beast (Disney Australia); Cruel Intentions the Musical (David Venn Enterprises); Groundhog Day, Death of A Salesman, An American in Paris (GWB); Nosferatu, Looking for Alibrandi, Atlantis, The Return, Because the Night and Cloudstreet (Malthouse Theatre).

Current as of April 2024

Artwork for Bayley Turner

Bayley Turner

Intimacy Coordinator

Bayley Turner is the founder of Create Consent, consulting with theatre and film production teams on consent-centred creative practices, intimacy coordination, policy and protocol documentation, and facilitating bespoke workshops locally and internationally with theatre and film projects. In Australia, she has worked on productions including The Inheritance (fortyfive downstairs); Jailbaby, The Lewis Trilogy (Griffin Theatre Company); In the Club (Bullet Heart Club). She has also delivered workshops with Malthouse Theatre and various independent companies. Bayley completed her Master’s thesis on consent in the creative workplace, conceived and led the organising of Consent Festival (Midsumma 2019), and has presented at various local and international conferences. In 2021, she received a MEAA scholarship to train with IDC Professionals, compounding her training with Intimacy on Set, and is currently the Intimacy Coach on the return season of Australian soap Neighbours. Bayley is also a writer and performer.

Current as of April 2024

Artwork for Jennifer Sarah Dean

Jennifer Sarah Dean

Assistant Director

Jennifer trained at the Globe Theatre in London and Guildford School of Acting. She is the Artistic Director of the Melbourne Shakespeare Company and has directed 12 productions for the company including Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew and As You Like It. Her other recent credits include the Resident Director on Moulin Rouge! The Musical (Global Creatures); Ghost Stories (Prince Moo Productions); The Haunting (Prince Moo Productions); Festen (Play Dead Theatre); Tape (Play Dead Theatre), Holy Cow! (Bloomsday in Melbourne); Low (Victorian Theatre Company) and Travisties (Bloomsday in Melbourne). Jennifer is also an award-winning writer. Her plays include Adventures in Neverland (Melbourne Shakespeare Company); In The Loop (Stockwell Playhouse, UK); What if? (Stockwell Playhouse, UK), Pop-up Panto (Harrogate Theatre), and the short film A Bad Day (Camden Roundhouse).

Current as of April 2024

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The Sumner

140 Southbank Boulevard

Southbank, Victoria 3006