A near drowned damsel steps into the spotlight – a gothic black comedy about secrets, madness and mansplaining

In a world of mad men and murdering uncles, drowning never felt so good. A woman wanders an empty castle, clutching rotting flowers – told what to do, where to stand, what to think. No one really listens to her, no one really sees her.

Enter Ophelia is a darkly funny gothic riff imagining a vastly different future for our drowned damsel.

Two of Melbourne’s most exciting indie theatre companies Essential Theatre and Three Birds Theatre come together to present the world premiere of a thrilling new exploration of femininity, isolation and silliness.

Essential Theatre delivers the gravity and depth behind the words superbly, and electrify their modest space.  Shakespeare would be proud. ★★★★

-Edinburgh Guide 2017

Three Birds Theatre .. Sharp as a razor, very witty, very funny and beautifully directed with much visual humour

-Stage Whispers 2016

An Essential Theatre & Three Birds Theatre Production

Direction & Dramaturgy by John Kachoyan

Created by Essential Theatre, Three Birds Theatre & John Kachoyan

Performed  by Amanda LaBonte, Sophie Lampel, Candace Miles, Madelaine Nunn and Anna Rodway

Image by Amanda Carr Creative



Feb 21 – March 4



Tue, Wed 6.30pm | Thu, Fri, Sat 7.30pm | Sun 4pm

Tue 20th & Wed 21st Previews | Opening Thu 22nd

Approx. 70 min


La Mama Theatre 205 Faraday St, Carlton


Tickets Info/

Full $30 Concession  $20

Phone Booking/

03 9347 6142