Past the Shallows

29-30 October 2024

Civic Theatre presents Past the Shallows 

A co-production between Australian Theatre for Young People and Archipelago Productions

Written Julian Larnach based on the novel by Favel Parrett
Directed by Ben Winspear

Keep your eyes on the water

Harry and Miles live with their father, an abalone diver, on the wild and beautiful south coast of Tasmania. With their father largely absent, they look after each other as best they can. Over a school holiday, while Miles works on the boat, Harry begins an unlikely friendship that will upset the delicate balance holding this unpredictable world together.

Adapted by playwright Julian Larnach from Favel Parrett’s awardwinning debut novel, Past the Shallows is an ode to brotherhood and a heart-wrenching, lyrical exploration of mortality, family secrets and the capacity for both brutality and tenderness within contemporary masculinity.

Acclaimed director Ben Winspear directs a powerhouse cast of three young actors playing multiple roles. Let yourself get swept away on the tide of this compelling and deeply poignant story that will stay with you long after the lights come up.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, it's arts funding and advisory body.

Running time 75mins no interval
WARNING: Themes of alcoholism and domestic and family violence, mild coarse language.|
Recommended for persons aged 14+.


  • Writer - Julian Larnach
  • Director & Dramaturg - Ben Winspear
  • Set & Costume Designer - Keerthi Subramanyam
  • Sound Designer - Glenn Richards
  • Lighting Designer - Jason James
  • AV Designer - Nema Adel
  • Touring Set Realiser - Dallas Winspear
  • Photo - Luke Stambouliah

Supported by


Tasmanian Theatre Awards:

  • Best Production

  • Best Ensemble

  • Best Direction

  • Best New Writing



  • Tuesday 29 October 2024 11:00 am
    7:00 pm
  • Wednesday 30 October 2024 11:00 am
    7:00 pm

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