The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek by Kathryn Marquet

The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek by Kathryn Marquet

‘A comedy with the safety off.’

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.


“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.” Tim Byrnes, Scenestr

“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, Courier Mail 

“Kathryn Marquet’s new play is something completely different. It has more shades than a camouflaged chameleon but it shows that her penchant for wicked comedy has not diminished. It is filled with some of the darkest humour I’ve seen on stage for a long time.” Eric Scott for Absolute Theatre

“Kathryn Marquet’s The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek is a must-see of the season. A gripping, riotous display of the human resolve, the pitfalls of single-mindedness, and our innate practice of stereotyping each other, this killer dark comedy is more than meets the eye.” – Abby Kong, Peril Magazine 

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10 Feb–3 Mar 2018


Roundhouse Theatre, La Boite Theatre


90mins, no interval


Suitable for 15+.


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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