A debt collector, a drag queen, a rogue chemist and a manic depressive walk into a pub…


THIS MUCH IS TRUE continues the story of Lewis from Summer of the Aliens and Cosi. Now he’s older, a writer and lives in an inner city suburb filled with public housing, the underclass and characters who could only exist in such a place.

He attends the 150 year old hotel, The Rising Sun, where he mixes with a core of customers, including an ice chemist, a once famous drag queen, a violent debt collector, a con man, a manic depressive and a fixer.

These stories are true.


Danny Adcock, Septimus Caton, Justin Stewart Cotta, Joanna Downing, Alan Dukes, Robin Goldsworthy, Martin Jacobs, Ashley Lyons

Creative Team

Playwright Louis Nowra
Director Toby Schmitz
Assistant Director Andrew Henry
Set Designer Anna Gardiner
Lighting Designer Matt Cox
Costume Designer Martelle Hunt
Sound Designer Jed Silver
Stage Manager Bronte Axam
Photographer John Marmaras

“Nowra’s characters are all beautifully observed and the zippy dialogue feels utterly authentic, laced with wonder turns-of-phrase and plenty of humour. Director Toby Schmitz and assistant director Andrew Henry get the most from an exceptionally fine cast, all of whom totally inhabit the characters they play.” ★★★★


“Whether you’ve ever had a drink at the Old Fitz, or any traditional Australian pub, or are simply intrigued by the stories of people whose voices are rarely heard without derision, This Much Is True will definitely entertain and amuse. Do not miss this fabulous production and its stellar cast in the location that inspired it.”


“[The] cast are all excellent, painting characters that you could describe as larger-than-life, but for the fact that they are so truthful.” ★★★★


“Eight brilliant performers are assembled to create an underground world for our delectation. The ensemble is imaginative, adventurous and bold, and they each take the opportunity to showcase extraordinary skill and talent, at a standard that makes us fall in love with the theatre all over again.”


“This Much Is True is true to its place yet also universal in its humour, pathos, people and humanity… this is an achievement everyone involved can be proud of and audiences should be banging the door down for tickets. A bit of history is being made and a gorgeous entertainment is to be had by all. Recommended without reservation.”