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The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek

10 Feb - 03 Mar






McDonagh meets Tarantino in a biting new comedy about leading the charge for change.

Working out of a small shack in the isolated wilds of south-western Tasmania, George, an environmental scientist, is trying to save the world one Tassie Devil at a time. Since she was a small girl she has dreamt of halting the advance of climate change, but saving a species in the middle of nowhere will have to do, for now…


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The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek is recommended for mature audiences 15+. It contains frequent coarse language, sexual references, simulated drug use, simulated violence, and bodily fluids.


Sharing the cramped shack with George is Harris, a ranger with an annoying chicken nugget obsession, who has been charged with bringing a feral dog plague under control to help protect George’s work with the Devils. Across one night, when two unexpected visitors trigger a series of events, George is going to discover that ideology can only take you so far when sometimes the problem just needs a damned good beating.

A co-production between La Boite and Playlab, The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek is a dark comedy by Brisbane’s Kathryn Marquet (Pale Blue Dot).

“How on earth do we create change? And how do we bring others with us? Mass death is no laughing matter, but when things get dark I’d rather laugh than cry, and so I wrote The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek. I’m thrilled that Playlab is partnering with La Boite to bring this black comedy to life.” – Kathryn Marquet, Playwright

Cast & creatives

  • Director/ Dramaturg Ian Lawson
  • Designer Vilma Mattila
  • Lighting Designer Christine Felmingham
  • Cast John Batchelor, Julian Curtis, Kimie Tsukakoshi & Emily Weir

This play was developed through Playlab’s Beta Testing and Playwright-in-Residence programs


Meet Assistant Creative Maddie Nixon

Maddie Nixon is a Brisbane based writer, dramaturg and stage manager. Since graduating from the Queensland University of Technology (BFA Drama and DipEd Senior Years), Maddie’s artistic practice has focused on the development of new contemporary work and theatre for young people. Most recently, Maddie took part in in Queensland Theatre’s 2017 Young Playwrights Program, mentored by Maxine Mellor. In 2015, she participated in ATYP’s Fresh Ink Program in Sydney, mentored by Saffron Benner. This year, Maddie will participate in La Boite’s annual Assistant Creatives Program as an Assistant Dramaturg on Claire Christian’s Lysa & The Freeborn Dames.

Maddie’s credits include, as Playwright: Cooladdi (Queensland Theatre and ATYP), Food Fight (ATYP), The Parable People (FAST). As Contributing Writer: The Children’s Monologue’s (Digi Youth Arts). As Dramaturg: England (Matt Seery, Nathan Booth and Metro Arts). As Production Manager: Supercell Festival of Contemporary Dance, Cargo Club (Metro Arts and Centre for Australasian Theatre), The Voice in The Walls (Imaginary Theatre). As Stage Manager: Blue Bones (Playlab), The 7 Stages of Grieving (Grin + Tonic, Queensland Theatre). As Assistant Stage Manager: Medea (La Boite Theatre Company).

Maddie is Assistant Creative on Lysa and the Freeborn Dames, and is also our stage manager for The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek. Welcome to the team Maddie.


The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek Trailer

Acclaimed actor/playwright Kathryn Marquet (Pale Blue Dot) makes her highly anticipated return to La Boite next month with a biting new dark comedy, The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek.

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Dead Devils of Cockle Creek insights with Kathryn Marquet