Thomas Murray and the Upside Down River

6 March 2018

by Reg Cribb

From the multi-award winning screenwriter of Last Cab to Darwin comes a thrilling new Australian drama.

The Murray family have been farming the land along the Darling River for five generations. For Tom Murray, it’s all he’s ever known. When his childhood friends Lucy and Billy reappear, deep friendships are tested, and secrets, long buried, are finally awakened – Tom must make the long journey down-stream to reconcile past wrongs and to fight for his wife.

Brought to you by the producers and creative team behind Stones in his Pockets including Grant Cartwright in the title role (Barracuda).

Written by Reg Cribb
Directed by Chris Bendall
Set & Costume Designer - Dann Barber
Composer & Sound Designer - Kingsley Reeve
Lighting Designer - Alexander Berlage
Producers - Pippa Bailey & Chris Bendall
Cast - Grant Cartwright, Francesca Savige, Nicholas Papademetriou & Bjorn Stewart.

Warning: Occasional coarse language and adult themes. Suitable for audiences aged 15 years and over.

A Stone Soup & Critical Stages production. Presented by Cessnock Performing Arts Centre.

Photo by Robert Catto.



Tuesday, 6 March - 8pm


2 hours 20 minutes, including interval


“Big sky. Big river. Big betrayal. Big secrets exposed as the river recedes. Thomas Murray is a lot of play for your money… Chris Bendall’s direction is imaginative, fluent in its handling of the play’s temporal shifts and notably physical. Designer Dann Barber’s wooden ramp of a stage has all kinds of surprises built into it. Kingsley Reeve’s sound design twangs and shimmers.” Sydney Morning Herald, Jason Blake

“Reg Cribb is a writer whose imagination catches fire when presented with the everyday dramas and dreams of ‘ordinary’ Australians…The play is a rich exploration of character and story. The language crackles with humour, bitterness and authenticity.” Stage Noise, Diana Simmonds


Adult - $49.00

Concession - $45.00

CPAC Member - $40.00

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