Play Dead Theatre
Play Dead Theatre is a non-for-profit Melbourne based Theatre company.

We seek to entertain while also provoking discourse from our audience. Through the use of black comedy, we are drawn to stories that in part bring taboo subjects to light, allowing the stigma associated with them to be broken down. We believe in the power of theatre and its potential to remind us, through the commonality of pain, that we are not alone and that we have the power to heal and change.

Through our success, we hope to further the careers of everyone involved and inspire others to create their own theatre.

Core Artistic TeamPast Productions

Michael Mack

Creative Director
Michael Mack is an Australian film and Theatre actor, known for his roles in TAPE, Rostered On, What If It Works?, Torn and The Bad Buy. More recently Michael played the lead role in the Australian Premiere of Aaron Posner’s play Stupid Fucking Bird directed by Peter Blackburn. In 2016 Michael Mack successfully produced and starred in Play Dead Theatre’s premiere Sold Out production of TAPE by Stephen Belber directed by Jennifer Sarah Dean.

Jennifer Sarah Dean

Jennifer Sarah Dean is an award winning writer and director based in Melbourne. She trained at the Globe Theatre in London and is the Artistic Director of the Melbourne Shakespeare Company. Jennifer’s recent credits include Ghost Stories, The Haunting, TAPE, A Christmas Carol, 2084, In The Loop. In 2017 Jennifer will be directing Much Ado About Nothing and As You Like It for Melbourne Shakespeare Company, as well as Holy Cow! at 45 downstairs.
A Play by Stephen Belber

TAPE is a fast-paced, unpredictable psychological drama about the underlying love-hate relationship that exists between true friends.

A modern morality tale, TAPE is about three old friends battling over the truth of an event that’s haunted them for years. In the course of an hour, in one hotel room, secrets are revealed and alliances altered, but the truth is illusive … even when it’s on TAPE.

Directed by Jennifer Sarah Dean
27 April – 7 May 2016

Venue The Courthouse. North Melbourne

Starring Adam Hetherington, Hester van der Vyver, Michael Mack

Stage Manager Ray Bradbury

Lighting Designer Callum Robertson

Set Designer Aline Brugel

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