15–23 JANUARY Seymour Centre $39 + BF
Maureen: Harbinger of Death
Maureen: Harbinger of Death
15–23 JANUARY Seymour Centre $39 + BF
Maureen: Harbinger of Death
$39 + BF
"an exquisitely crafted theatre piece”
– Fringefeed

A touching and real homage to older women, celebrating the indomitable voice, wisdom and unapologetic passions of dames who defy invisibility.  

Framed by velvet, Jatz crackers and cigarettes, join Maureen in her bohemian living-room for a journey of exquisite storytelling brimming with acerbic life advice, spirited friends now gone and the dauntless potency of limitless imagination. 

With minimal costume or props, writer and performer Jonny Hawkins transforms into Maureen before our eyes in a solo work that relishes the heroic, individual strength of female elders mostly dismissed by society. 

Co-created with director Nell Ranney, and inspired by Hawkins’ real-life friend, a self-described ‘working class glamour queen’, Maureen: Harbinger of Death redefines our concepts of older women, honours the bounties of inter-generational relationships and pays tribute to kindness, individuality and dignity. 

Runtime: 70 mins

Want to read the script? Visit Australian Plays to read Maureen: Harbinger of Death until 26 January.


  • Seymour Centre

  • Reginald Theatre
    Cnr Cleveland Street and City Road
    Chippendale 2008
Performance Times

Fri 15 Jan at 7.30pm
Sat 16 Jan at 2pm
Sat 16 Jan at 7.30pm
Sun 17 Jan at 5pm
Tue 19 Jan at 7.30pm
Wed 20 Jan at 7.30pm
Thu 21 Jan at 7.30pm
Fri 22 Jan at 7.30pm
Sat 23 Jan at 2pm
Sat 23 Jan at 7.30pm

Ticketing and Pricing
  • Reserved Full Price – $39
    Reserved Concession – $35
    + booking fee

    Please note that paired seats cannot be split, therefore if you are after a single seat please select a seat that is on its own.
    If you are after other configurations, please contact the Sydney Festival office during business hours.


Wheelchair Access
Access to all levels of the Centre is via lift and wheelchair seating is available in all venues. Accessible parking is located on Maze Cres within the University of Sydney and is a short distance to the Seymour Centre entrance.   

Important Info

Face masks are mandatory at all Sydney Festival events for all patrons 13 years and older, in line with NSW Government regulations. A face mask is required at all times while inside foyers, theatres and outdoor venues, including during performances. Children 12 and under are exempt but are encouraged to wear masks where practicable.

This performance contains the use of herbal cigarettes 

A strict lockout period applies. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Cast and Credits

Conceived by Jonny Hawkins and Nell Ranney.

Writer and Performer Jonny Hawkins
Co-conceived and Directed by Nell Ranney
Set and Costume Design Isabel Hudson
Lighting Design Nick Schlieper
Composer Steve Toulmin
Production Manager Lachlan Steel

Photo: Joe Engstrom

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