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THEATRE: "The Cost of Living" by Queensland Theatre

15 June 2024

Season: June 15th - July 13th, 2024


Written by Martyna Majok

Directed by Priscilla Jackman and Dan Daw

Synopsis: Does love have a bottom line? Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Martyna Majok presents a poignant exploration of human connection through the lives of four individuals at pivotal moments. John, a successful PhD student with cerebral palsy, hires Jess as his carer. Meanwhile, Eddie, an unemployed truck driver, seeks to reconcile with his ex-wife Ani, who has become a wheelchair user after an accident. As their stories intertwine, themes of care, disability, and the complexities of relationships come to the forefront in this touching and humorous play.

Key Details:

  • Venue: Bille Brown Theatre

  • Dates: June 15 - July 13, 2024

  • Times:

    • Evenings: Mon & Tues at 6:30pm, Wed – Sat at 7:30pm

    • Matinees: Wed at 1:00pm, Sat at 2:00pm

    • Relaxed Performance: Saturday, July 6 at 2:00pm

Ticket Pricing:

  • Adult: from $70

  • Senior: from $70

  • Concession: from $70

  • Youth (35 & Under): from $35

Additional Events:

  • Night with the Artists: Monday, June 24 at 6:30pm

  • Auslan Interpreted Performance: Monday, July 1 at 6:30pm (All performances include surtitles)

  • Audio Described Performance: Saturday, July 13 at 2:00pm

  • Play Briefing: Monday, June 10 at 6:00pm

Warning:This production contains frequent strong language, nudity, and herbal and e-cigarettes. Recommended for ages 15+.


  • Writer: Martyna Majok

  • Directors: Priscilla Jackman, Dan Daw

  • Designer: Michael Scott-Mitchell

  • Lighting Designer: John Rayment

  • Composer/Sound Designer: Guy Webster

Stage Management:

  • Stage Manager: Grant Gravener

  • Assistant Stage Managers: Yanni Dubler, Sophie Woodcock


  • Eddie: Philip Quast

  • Ani: Kate Hood

  • Jess: Zoe de Plevitz

  • John: Dan Daw

Ticket Link: Queensland Theatre - Cost of Living Tickets

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