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16 November 2023

Meet The Makers / This Rough Magic Playwright in Conversation

Director, dramaturg and photographer Shelly Higgs hosts a conversation with This Rough Magic playwright Helen Machalias where they will delve into the development and production of a new Australian play This Rough Magic. Explore the layered text of This Rough Magic, where interpolations of Iranian mythology and folklore are mixed with asylum seeker accounts and ‘stop the boats’ rhetoric to create a unique reimaging of Shakespeare’s classic. 

We invite you to find out more about how this ambitious and thrilling work was brought to life on the stage.


A free pre-show event, bookings essential.

RSVP with your name and phone number for Meet the Makers at


Helen Machalias
Helen Machalias is an award-winning playwright of ideas, who has previously worked with The Street on a stage adaption of Robyn Klein's People Might Here You and In Loco Parentis, which examined the cover-up of sexual harassment and assault on university campuses.

Shelly Higgs
Shelly Higgs is a professional theatre director, dramaturg, producer, playwright, award-winning photographer and emerging film maker. At The Street Shelly has directed Art and Fragment and was involved in the development of numerous works, including This Rough Magic.

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The Street Presents

Meet The Makers 

This Rough Magic / Playwright in Conversation pre-show

Thursday 16 November, 6:30pm 


For more information on This Rough Magic click here


15 Childers St,

City West ACT 2601

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Monday - Friday

10am - 3pm


Also opens

1.5 hours prior

to performance.


02 6247 1223
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