Wallace Shawn’s The Fever

A hotel room in an unnamed country riven by civil war.

Shawn’s unnamed speaker – a white, privileged, first world sophisticate – is addicted to third world ‘horror tourism’. His fever-driven, hallucinatory narrative loops back and forth between the three-hat restaurants, opera houses and concert halls of his ‘real’ life, and the war-torn economic devastation of his preferred holiday destinations.

Yes – poor countries are beautiful. Poor people are beautiful.
It’s a wonderful feeling to have money in a country where most people are poor,
to ride in a taxi through horrible slums.

Ferocious, wry, and vividly passionate, Shawn’s virtuosic text tears its way through the shame, the ethical paralysis and the gluttonous, guilty pleasure of being born at the top of the heap.

‘I’m interested in protecting none of them unless they pay.’ — Donald Trump on foreign aid.

Written by Wallace Shawn

Performed by James Wardlaw

Directed by Tom Healey

Set design by Dagmara Gieysztor

Lighting design by Bronwyn Pringle

Stage Manager: Jess Keepence

Image by Dagmara Gieysztor



February 22 – March 5



Wed 6:30pm
Thu 7.30pm
Fri 7.30pm
Sat 7:30pm
Sun 4:00pm


La Mama Theatre


Tickets Info/

Full $25 Concession $15

Phone Booking/

03 9347 6142

Running Time/

Approx. 90 min