Horizon by Maxine Mellor

Nothing like hitting the road to leave your troubles behind.

With the horizon ahead of them, Cole and Sky drive into the guts of the country in search of freedom. Cole’s dad is sick, Sky is bored of the corporate ladder, and so they’re excited to hit the road and leave their problems behind.

Their newfound freedom is underscored by a long-forgotten mix tape buried deep in the glovebox, but out of the static emerges the past. When secrets start to leak from the car, dingoes begin to stalk them, and the bush seems more haunting than before. The road trip games aren’t fun anymore.

Horizon keeps who we are in the rear-view mirror and asks us what it is we can see in the heat-distorted bitumen ahead?


Horizon by Maxine Mellor is an AWGIE Award winning work for Best Stage Original Script and the 2022 winner of the David Williamson Prize. 



ADULTS: $49.00
YOUTH (30 AND UNDER) : $37.00
GROUPS UP TO 10: $25.00
GROUPS OF 11 – 20: $20.00
GROUPS OF 21+: $15.00
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Playlab’s debut production of Horizon collages a collection of diverse writing styles, a captivating performance duo, and sharp and sophisticated design elements.” – Rhumer Diball, Downstage Discernment

Horizon is a visually and aurally stunning piece of theatre. There’s an alchemy in this collaboration of creatives at the top of their game that is pure magic. The exhilarating direction and detailed performances make the most of Maxine Mellor’s poetic fury. Go see it, Brisbane.” – Katherine Lyall Watson

A pertinent and engaging new work that speaks directly to the zeitgeist of gender and gender politics. The casting was representative of contemporary Australia and the story was incredibly well directed. This is the kind of theatre that gets people back to the theatre.” – Audience Response

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Wed 31 Jul – Sat 10 Aug


Wed 31 Jul - Thur 1 Aug


Fri 2 Aug


Underground Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse


90mins, no interval.


Suitable for 16+.

Coarse language and adult themes including sexual consent.


Australian Gothic, Cinematic Theatre, Contemporary Australian Drama


Maxine Mellor


Ian lawson


Nathan Sibthorpe


David Walters


Guy Webster


Julian Curtis

Ashlee Lollback

Maxine Mellor

Maxine Mellor

Maxine Mellor has authored over thirty plays, and had work produced throughout Australia.

Awards include the Queensland Theatre Company’s Young Playwright’s Award (2001, 2002, 2003), the QTC George Landen Dann Award (2004), and a Matilda Award for best new independent work for Performance (2005) for Magda’s Fascination with Wax Cats. In 2012 she won Inscription’s Edward Albee New York City Residency Scholarship, and the 2012/2013 Queensland Premier’s Drama Award. Maxine won the Max Afford Playwriting Award for 2014 for The Silver Alps. In 2017, Maxine received The Lord Mayor’s Young & Emerging Artists Fellowship to undertake professional development across Singapore, Iceland and the UK. In 2022 she was awarded the AWGIE award in the Original Stage Play category, and won the David Williamson Prize for Playwriting.

Recent productions include Horizon (Playlab Theatre), The Wizard of Oz (a collaboration with the Danger Ensemble for La Boite Theatre Company and Brisbane Festival), Trollop (Queensland Theatre Company), Awkward Anthem (part of mka’s Group Show), and Anna Robi & The House of Dogs (Under the Radar). Other works for children include Sleeping Horses Lie (Terrapin Puppet Theatre), Desiree Din & the Red Forest (ATYP), and Maxine Mellor’s Mystery Project (QTC & The State Library of QLD). Her adaptation of The Wind in the Willows toured nationally and through Queensland regions in 2017. 

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Maxine was selected to attend Inscription’s USA Playwriting and Screenwriting Tour in early 2015, and is currently working on her first feature film. Her work is published with Playlab Theatre and the Australian Script Centre. She is a regular presenter of creative writing workshops.

For more information visit www.maxinemellor.com.


A Playlab Theatre production. This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.