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A Date With Death

5 Jul 2024 - 14 Jul 2024
Ballarat National Theatre Inc.

Author: Various

Director: Various

Genre: Drama


Swipe right on a night of variety with Ballarat National Theatre for the best first date of your life – and one that just might be your last! Get tix & chill with us this winter, with a smorgasbord of short plays and monologues that explore a theme that touches every single one of us.
We’re offering 10 separate courses by local and international writers that touch on the joys of life, the crushing inevitability of our mortality, and the curiosity and absurdity of death.
Featuring one act play The Death of Ellen Moore, written & directed by Jon Amesbury, we are showcasing brutal comedies to heart-breaking dramas and everything in between.
The talents of our actors and directors will make you laugh until you cry and just, well…cry.
Put on your glad rags, because Death waits for no-one, not even the hottest date in town!

The Death of Ellen Moore is a one-act drama (45 mins).

Ellen Moore is dying. There is an old lady lying in a hospital bed and the main character is a projection of the woman, in a much younger period of her life. The play deals with the psychological and emotional impact of death for the individual and for the family that are left behind.

A confronting work that breaks well-known theatre traditions, The Death of Ellen Moore won 7 awards in the NZ Theatrefest, including Best Overall Play, Best New Play, Best Actor and Best Technical.


Start Date: 5 Jul 2024

End Date: 14 Jul 2024

Performance Times:

4:00pm on:

  • Sun 7th Jul 2024
  • Sun 14th Jul 2024

7:00pm on:

  • Fri 5th Jul 2024
  • Sat 6th Jul 2024
  • Wed 10th Jul 2024
  • Thu 11th Jul 2024
  • Fri 12th Jul 2024
  • Sat 13th Jul 2024

Ticket Prices:

Adult: $25.00
Concession: $20.00
Members: $18.00
Child: $10.00

Bookings: https://www.bnt.org.au/productions/342-a-date-with-death

Theatre: Open Door

Theatre Address:

106 Albert St. Sebastopol, Ballarat


Characters Summary:

Ellen Moore, feminine, 25-40yo
Richard Moore, masculine, 25-40yo, Ellen's Husband
Poppy, feminine, 25-40yo, Ellen's Daughter
Priest, any age or gender
Nurse, any age or gender, non-speaking role

Audition Dates:

10:00am on:

  • Sat 16th Mar 2024

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