Published on February 22nd, 2018 | by Admin

The Bleeding Tree at Arts Centre Melbourne

Arts Centre Melbourne is thrilled to be presenting the acclaimed Griffin Theatre Company production The Bleeding Tree in May, starring Paula Arundell (Mr Burns, Angels in America), Sophie Ross (What Rhymes with Cars and Girls) and Brenna Harding (Puberty Blues, Black Mirror).

In a dirt-dry town in rural Australia, a shot shatters the still night. A mother and her daughters have just welcomed home the man of the house… with a bullet. The only issue now is disposing of the body.

From the pen of Victorian playwright Angus Cerini, The Bleeding Tree premiered at Griffin Theatre Company in 2015. It immediately earned praise as ‘a great and complex production’ (The Australian), winning three Helpmann Awards: Best Play, Best Direction and Best Female Actor, as well as a 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Award. In 2017, Sydney Theatre Company presented the original production, which completely sold out.

Triggered into thrilling motion by an act of revenge, The Bleeding Tree is an Australian murder ballad blown up for the stage, with three strong women fighting back. Throughout, Cerini’s writing is powerfully lyrical, bracingly funny and a highly original take on Australian gothic.

In the hands of Griffin Theatre Company Artistic Director Lee Lewis and designer Renée Mulder (Battle of Waterloo) this is theatre that is, in all its elements, ‘ brutally brilliant’ (Daily Review).

‘This is powerful, visceral and deeply exhilarating theatre – just as it should be.’★★★★The Guardian


‘…Powerful look at domestic violence… a short but potent piece, equal parts murder ballad and revenge thriller’ – Sydney Morning Herald


‘Bruising, bold and brilliant… the performances in The Bleeding Tree are pitch perfect.’ – Australian Stage


Arts Centre Melbourne presents A Griffin Theatre Company Production

The Bleeding Tree

Written by Angus Cerini

15 – 19 May, 2018

Tickets on sale at

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