You can’t be too careful nowadays, especially if you have kids. Lucky for Jack, his Mum is constantly on her guard, bunkered down, fortified against risk and disaster. She can’t be everywhere but she’s there, hovering, keeping an eye out for danger. Though not the sort of danger their young neighbour Thomas lived through in the warzone of Southern Sudan, nor the danger raised by Jack’s dad reversing his luxury 4×4 out of their drive…

Helicopter was commissioned by Melbourne Theatre Company and developed with the assistance of Playwriting Australia.


“Reversing is a breeze in the X5. The handling is second to none. No surprises the X5 won best luxury car three years in a row. That’s why we invested, peace of mind.” Kevin

A provocative satire of contemporary life in suburban Australia. Helicopter traces the impact of one random tragedy on the lives of two very different Australian families. A ripped from the headlines drama, this story gives dramatic life to universal questions of parenting, spirituality and grief.

“It’s about time someone flayed us alive” The Age

Helicopter is notable for its refusal to let us off the hook. It’s a world that’s chillingly recognisable, seen through a glass darkly. Theatre Notes

“Helicopter is masterful, original and rich” Australian Stage on Line


Writer: Angela Betzien

Director: Leticia Caceres

Composer: Pete Goodwin (The Sweats)

Designer: Tanja Beer

Lighting Designer: Lisa Mibus

Cast: Daniela Farinacci, Charles Grounds, Terry Yeboah, Paul Denny.

Melbourne Theatre Company Production in association with RealTV

Photo: Fraser Marsden

Courtesy of MTC

Past Seasons

Lawler Theatre, August 2 – 17 , 2012