what the butler saw
by joe orton

New Theatre, Sydney


Oct-Nov 2018


Libidos run riot in this darkest of farces, stuffed full of twists and turns, mishaps and changes of fortune, coincidences and lunatic logic, as six characters gradually lose the plot, their wits and/or their clothes.

Orton lays out a smorgasbord of politically-incorrect taboos in deliberately bad taste, attacking society’s hypocrisy and the established order with his delicious brand of outrageous and subversive provocation.

Highly controversial when it premiered in 1969, What The Butler Saw retains its ability to shock, even though what society deemed unacceptable 50 years ago has fluctuated over time. The play remains a joyous and very, very silly celebration of queerness.


Director Danielle Maas
Production Designer Tobias Manderson-Galvin
Lighting Designer Martin Kinnane
Sound Designer Georgia Condon
Assistant Costume Designer Aeva O’Dea
Assistant Set Designer Tom Bannerman
Assistant Scenic Artist Samantha Chebatte
Accent Coach Alistair Toogood
Production Manager Gundega Lapsa
Production Assistant Mark G Nagle
Stage Manager Angela Atkinson
Stage Manager Bernadette Fam

phil erbacher

Production Designer