The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek by Kathryn Marquet

The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek

by Kathryn Marquet

McDonagh meets Tarantino in a biting new comedy about leading the charge for change.

Working out of a small shack in the isolated wilds of south-western Tasmania, George, an environmental scientist, is trying to save the world one Tassie Devil at a time.  Since she was a small girl she has dreamt of halting the advance of climate change, but saving a species in the middle of nowhere will have to do, for now.

Sharing the cramped shack with George is Harris, a ranger with an annoying chicken nugget obsession, who has been charged with bringing a feral dog plague under control to help protect George’s work with the devils.  Across one night, when two unexpected visitors trigger a series of events, George is going to discover that ideology can only take you so far when sometimes the problem just needs a damned good beating.

A co-production between Playlab and La Boite The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek is a dark comedy by Brisbane’s Kathryn Marquet (Pale Blue Dot).

This play was developed through Playlab’s Beta Testing and Playwright-in-Residence programs.



“It’s a perfect encapsulation of the currently heated political climate, where instead of making a point many strive to be the loudest voice in the room. Writer Kathryn Marquet’s new play ‘The Dead Devils Of Cockle Creek’ brings all of those voices together in the one room, devolving into thrilling chaos.” Scenestr.

“Her pessimism about the human race, her self-righteous fury, and the sense of desperation to do something before it is too late resonates deeply with the current state of the world”@backstreetbrisbane

“Ultimately it’s a play about the issues of our time – climate change, species loss and the corrupting power of the market – but it’s also about ideology’s capacity to dehumanise.” — @The.Australian

“If you want to be shocked and horrified and scandalised in equal measure I can thoroughly recommend The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek” — Phil Brown, @couriermail

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10 Feb–3 Mar 2018


Roundhouse Theatre, La Boite Theatre




Suitable for 15+.

Recommended for mature audiences, contains frequent coarse language, sexual references, simulated drug use, simulated violence, and bodily fluids.


Linear and Theatre for Social Comment


Ian lawson


Kathryn Marquet


Vilma Mattila


Christine Felmingham


John Batchelor

Julian Curtis

Kimie Tsukakoshi

Emily Weir

Kathryn Marquet

Kathryn Marquet

Kathryn Marquet is a playwright and actor, with a passion for saving the planet. Her plays include: The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek (Playlab/La Boite), The Owl and the Pussycat (Little Match/Commonwealth Games); Pale Blue Dot (La Boite); and Furious Creatures (Queensland Premier’s Drama Award Finalist). As an actor, Kathryn has worked extensively in Australian theatre and film & television for La Boite, Queensland Theatre, Playlab, Bell Shakespeare, Elbow Room and many other independent companies. She performed in the recent feature Don’t Tell, Channel Ten’s Secrets and Lies and ABC miniseries Sisters of War. Awards Include: Matilda Awards: Best Emerging Artist, 2009 (winner); Best Supporting Actor, The Crucible (nominated); Lord Mayor’s Award for Best New Australian Work, PBD (nominated); Best MainStage Production, PBD (nominated); Melbourne Green Room Awards: Best Ensemble, Prehistoric (winner). Positions: Playwright In Residence, Playlab, 2017; Playwright in Residence, La Boite, 2013; Associate Artist, Queensland Theatre, 2011-2013; Emerging Artist, QT, 2009. Training: USQ (Acting); UQ (Playwriting).

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