Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu photo by Brett BoardmanA funny and moving new play about a couple learning to love again in the face of adversity, Sue Smith’s Macchu Picchu plays the Dunstan Playhouse from 13 April 2016 following its season at Sydney Theatre Company’s Wharf Theatre.

Machu Picchu follows Paul and Gabby, two mid-life civil engineers who seem to have it all. After a horrifying car accident, Gabby walks away unscathed but Paul is badly injured and their lives are forever changed. Both are forced to reassess priorities, and reevaluate long held dreams.

They must also fight to maintain their personal connection, and, in many ways, learn not only how to love again, but also how to simply… be. Exploring mindfulness, altruism and the challenge of staying true to yourself, Machu Picchu slips back and forth over the history of an ordinary – and extraordinary – love story.

Theatrically rich, bluntly human and wickedly humorous, it’s a celebration of courage that explodes the belief that bad things only happen to other people. And asks a question: when catastrophe strikes, and the normal clutter of life is stripped away, can something purer and more precious be found?

Crafted by State Theatre Company favourite Sue Smith, with direction by Artistic Director Geordie Brookman, Macchu Picchu stars, in her State Theatre Company debut, Lisa McCune and Darren Gilshenan – this new co-production with Sydney Theatre Company promises to fill the Playhouse stage with hope, light and love.

In a career spanning 30 years, writer Sue Smith is one of the country’s most established stage, film and television writers. A State Theatre Company favourite, her work with the Company includes Kryptonite and The Kreutzer Sonata. Her credits include television programs Mabo (for which she won a 2012 Australian Writer’s Guild AWGIE Award), Bastard Boys and Brides of Christ and feature films including Saving Mr Banks.

Director: Geordie Brookman Cast: Elena Carapetis, Darren Gilshenan, Luke Joslin, Annabel Matheson, Lisa McCune, Renato Musolino Set and Costume Designer: Jonathon Oxlade Lighting Designer: Nigel Levings Composer: Alan John Sound Designer: Andrew Howard

Machu Picchu
Dunstan Playhouse – Adelaide Festival Centre, King William Street, Adelaide
Season: 15 April – 1 May 2016 (preview: 13 & 14 April)
Bookings: 13 12 46 or online at:

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Image: Darren Gilshenan and Lisa McCune feature in Machu Picchu – photo by Brett Boardman