Mark Colvin’s Kidney

Friday, Saturday, Sunday 28, 29, 30 September & 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14,

** Extended Season October 19, 20, 21 **

The Drill Hall Theatre Company presents a Campfire Collective Project

Mark Colvin’s Kidney

Written by Tommy Murphy and Directed by John Rado

Normal Ticket Price $30/$22

Special Ticket Price for Sunday 30 September $40/$32

(Special Ticket Price includes show, nibbles, drink and Q&A with playwright Tommy Murphy)
Tickets available online and at the Bookshop, Mullumbimby

Please be early as there is no allocated seating.
Bar and Kitchen (Tea/Coffee/Cakes) also opens 30 minutes before each show.  
please note that online bookings close 2 hours before each performance
and there is a 30c booking fee for online bookings.

Duraration approx 2hs 30 minutes with interval

Warning:  Contains strong language


Motion in NSW Parliament by Local Member, Tamara Smith on 18th October 2018

MCK motion in parliament

Review in Summer 2018 issue of GPSpeak (North Coast Health Matters) by Robin Orborne

Review GP Speak North Coast Health Matters



“Excellent. Professional. Well worth getting to see” – Linda.

“Excellent. I cried it was so touching” – Marilyn

“Brilliant. Fabulous. Good as the Belvoir St production” – Felix

“Excellent production – the script, the acting, the set design – all superb – worthy of an off-Broadway run. Amazing quality, especially for the small town of Mullumbimby” – Lissa

“This fabulous Drill Hall production reveals not only the awful impact of brute institutional power to wreck human lives but also the remarkable creative ability of humans to reach out and save each other” – Mary

“Incredibly impressed. Great performances, stage set and direction. Things like this make me love the Northern Rivers. Such talent is here. We were all buzzing when we got home. Many many Thanks” – Lyndall

“Grapples compellingly with some of the key ethical issues of our time… a brilliant local production that deserves our full support… and besides, it’s fun!” – Tony

“What a script! It tells the true story swiftly and it’s enthralling. I learnt so much and I cried. The production is 1st rate” – Peter Lehner (Fierce FM)

“The play sparkles with great writing, acting and direction. Be prepared for laugh out loud humour, interpersonal conflicts and personal dilemmas.

This production is another step forward for this ambitious company. Tommy Murphy’s clever script is very sophisticated, deserving of its Australian theatre successes. The Drill Hall set, an inspired multipurpose design by noted Sydney designer Tom Bannerman is a bonus. The many scene changes shift effortlessly across the set with no need to repeatedly dim the lights.” – Jim Beatson (The Byron Echo)

“As Mark Colvin, Greg Aitken gave a powerful performance and was strongly supported by Liz Chance as Mary-Ellen Field, half a world away, who felt the need to help a man she admired.  The clever use of news vision and surtitles brought the facts of the scandal back to one’s memory as though it only happened last week and gave the production authenticity.  Director John Rado and his well-disciplined supporting cast have crafted a wonderful telling of this true life drama with a touch of humour.  The Drill Hall Theatre’s intimate venue and the rear-projected scenery made for the audience to be front and centre and involved in this inspiring presentation.” Roger McKenzie (Stage Whispers).


Peter Gough – Producer. 

Peter trained at the Independent Theatre and graduated from Deacon University in Drama and Media Arts. Since being a founding High School Drama teacher in NSW he has taught Drama, Acting and Film Production at numerous High Schools, Open University programs and Acting Training schools.

He has produced and directed dozens of theatre productions, some of his favourites being: The Who’s Tommy, Oliver!, The Rocky Horror Show, Bugsy Malone, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, The Bourgeois Gentleman, Spring Awakening, The Insect Play, The Front Page, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Good Doctor, Biloxi Blues, Noises Off, To Be or Not To Be, A Clockwork Orange, The Pope and the Witch, Cosi, Lord of the Flies and Two Weeks With the Queen.

John Rado – Director.

John has been involved in theatre, film & television since 1979. He graduated from NIDA’s Directors Course. He was the Artistic Director of New Theatre and Voices Theatre, Associate Director at The State Theatre Company of South Australia and acted, directed and designed lighting for over 60 theatre productions. He appeared in TV series such as Silent Witness and Robin Hood for the BBC, The BorgiasWorld Without EndNapoleon and The Pillars of the Earth for Showtime, and feature films such as Machotaildrop for Film Canada, Treasure Island for BCA, MaxGame of Swords and Magic Boys and recently in the Australian film Burns Point.

John returned to Australia in December 2012 and has made documentaries and short films. He was the General Manager for Sprung Integrated Dance Theatre. He appeared as Gabo in Louis Nowra’s The Incorruptible at the Drill Hall in 2017 and in the same year ran The Directors Lab, a six week intensive workshop which explored the role of the director in theatre. He played Nathan Jessep in A Few Good Men at the Ballina players earlier this year. John is a founding member of The Campfire Collective.

Tom Bannerman – Set Designer

 Tom is a Sydney-based set-designer. His body-of-work is considerable: well over 200 productions. Recents works include The Lieutenant of InishmoreHIV MonologuesThe Little Dog LaughedMarat/SadeWhen the Rain Stops FallingJerusalem and That Eye, the Sky (New Theatre), Charley’s Aunt (Newcastle Civic Playhouse), three different designs for Bondi Dreaming (Belvoir Downstairs. Bondi Pavilion and Seymour Downstairs), Penelope (TAP Gallery) and The New Electric Ballroom (Stables).

Chris Wesely – Sound & Technical Director

Chris is a multi-instrumentalist and sound engineer originally from Adelaide and has lived in the Northern Rivers for the past 6 years. He is currently nearing the end of a 2 year degree in audio engineering at SAE. Chris has played music with a different bands in a range of musical styles including Reggae, Rock, Country, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Fusion, and others. With a keen interest in sound design he hopes to create an immersive world by which the audience will be enveloped with the integrations of technology. Chris’s background in performing has lead him to enjoy entertaining in many forms be it dance, acting or music.

Having worked for a few years in Adelaide in amateur theatre, he looks forward to returning to theatre and bringing his ideas and skills for multimedia and performance to this show.

Sue Rado – Costumes and Publicity

Sue began working in theatre in 1991 after meeting John Rado who introduced her to the joys of the theatre family. Sue designed set and costumes for many productions at the New Theatre during the nineties including A Chapel Perilous, Sons of Cain, The Legend of King O’MalleyHamlet, King Lear & at the Zenith Theatre, Sydney Six Degrees of Separation .

After a long absence Sue found herself back in the theatre designing the set and costumes for The Incorruptible at the Drill Hall in 2017 and for a short play later that year – The Same Pageby local writer Michael Lill.

Livi Rado – Production Assistant

Livi has come to this production to expand her theatre knowledge and experience. As a musician and singer, Livi was involved in musical productions as a high school student at Southern Cross High in 2014/15. Her love of music took her to SAE for a short time studying Music Production. Livi is still not sure where her interests and passions will take her and is looking forward to discovering more about theatre in her role as production Assistant.

Mike Sheehan – Stage Manager

Mike has been involved in Community theatre for over 80 productions as director, set designer, stage manager and performer, and is currently secretary of Ballina Players. He is married to Jaime who is currently choreographing The Boy From Oz for Ballina Players. Mike has appeared as Valjean from Les Mis, Professor Higgins from My Fair Lady, Max Bialystock from the Producers, and, many years ago, as Pippin from Pippin and Matthew in Godspell for Miranda Musical Society. He has directed many Youth Musicals for Ballina Players and It’s a Wonderful Life and A Few Good Men in recent years. Mike is a retired Maths Teacher from Alstonville High School and has 5 beautiful children.

Geoff Harrison – Publicity

Geoff spent the 1980s carrying out administration, management and media for theatre including Circus Oz, Los Trios Ringbarkus, Handspan/Triffitt’s Secrets, and festivals – Melbourne Comedy, Aust Bicentennial, Melbourne Fringe, Midsumma, Melbourne City Council Entertainment in Public Places, and foreign festivals including London, Edinburgh, New York, Amsterdam, and Vancouver. Then over 20 years in community health, aged care and disability support. Tipping toes back into Australian theatre.

Alex Benham – Lighting

Alex has been a part of the Drill Hall Theatre Company since 1985 when he joined the cast of Inherit the Wind, another play about injustice, the media and the courts. Since then he has been involved with most Drill Hall Theatre productions in one capacity or another – Stage Management; Acting and even a little Directing. These days he usually confines his involvement to light and sound where he no longer needs to learn lines.

Alex is also Treasurer of the company and part of the Building Committee, whose responsibility is to further develop the theatre, while managing the complexity of use by the Drill Hall Theatre Company and the general public.


Owen Trevor-Jones, Kasadevi Curtis, Liz Chance, Chris Benaud, Georgia Martin, Sam Herzog, Dane Bodley, Mike Russo, Greg Aitke

Liz Chance has performed in plays at Nimrod, The Old Tote, The Stables, The Seymour Centre, Marion St Theatre, Ensemble Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company, Old Fitzroy, Darlinghurst Theatre, Belvoir St Theatre and the Opera House. She produced and co-starred with Max Cullen in the Australian Premiere of Harold Pinter’s Ashes to Ashes. Liz has also appeared in various Television productions including Home and AwayBig Sky, Rafferty’s Rules, Mike Willisee’s AustraliansG.P.Water RatsA Country PracticeBlue Heelers and Stingers. She has also directed Cosi by Louis Nowra, Face to Face by David Williamson, (both at NIDA), Glengarry Glenross by David Mamet for Babylon Productions, The Disposal by William Inge at the Old Fitzroy and Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter at the Cat and Fiddle in Balmain. Liz taught at NIDA for twelve years. Most recently she appeared in the role of Honour in the play of the same name by Joanna Murray-Smith at The Drill Hall.

Throughout her extensive career Liz appeared in the lead role of Nora in The Plough and the Stars directed by Hugh Hunt, Artistic Director of the Dublin Theatre, Gwendoline in the Importance of Being Ernest at Marion St Theatre, Nicholas Nickleby and Way of the World for the STC, Pauline in Willy Russell’s One For the Road and Alarms and Excursions (incidentally designed by Tom Bannerman) both for the Ensemble Theatre, the lead role of Ruth in Vertigo and the Virginia at the Old Fitzroy Theatre directed by Sarah Goodes (currently an associate director with the MTC and until 2016 Resident Director for the STC) and in Portia Coughlan directed by Maeliosa Stafford Co-Director of O’Punksky’s Theatre Company at Darlinghurst Theatre.

Liz is playing the role of Mary-Ellen Field.

Gregory Aitken began his professional acting career in 1974 with an Arts Council of NSW tour, Hot Line, Cool Image. After moving to the Northern Rivers he toured the region in NORPA’s first production, Lilies of The Paddock in 1993. Then followed a series of roles with NORPA in The Cars That Ate Paris (Perth Festival 1995), Metamorphosis, No Sugar and Too Young For Ghosts. With Theatre North he toured with Deluge (Adelaide Fringe Festival 1994). He acted opposite Derren Nesbitt in Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell at Lismore City Hall.

When Northern Rivers professional acting work dried up, Gregory began nineteen years in creative arts administration at NORPA, the Northern Rivers Conservatorium, the Byron Community Centre and the Byron Bay International Film Festival which he began in 2005. The Drill Hall Theatre Company provided an opportunity for Gregory to return to acting in 2009. He has appeared in Competitive TendernessUncle Vanya, Honk If You are JesusPig Iron People and A Rod Gibson Retrospective. Gregory adapted and acted in Caldera and was the supervising director for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He co-wrote and co-directed The Ballad of Edgar and Mary (with Claude Gonzalez) for the Drill Hall’s Centenary and directed and acted in Louis Nowra’s The Incorruptible in February 2017. Later in that year he was a production manager and actor in the international co-production and tour to Cardiff, Wales, of Do Not Go Gentle. Gregory is a founding member of The Campfire Collective.

Film: Journey Among Women, Breakup.

ABC Television: Flash Nick from JindavickPeaches Gold, Flashes from the Front.

Greg is playing the role of Mark Colvin.

Owen Trevor-Jones began acting with Theatre North in Lismore in 1981 performing Shakespeare, Shaffer, Marowitz and others. Owen has also worked with Ballina Players, Bay Write, Drill Hall and Bangalow Theatre Co. Owen was part of the collaboration with Everyman Theatre from Cardiff, Wales and with others of Drill Hall toured the production here and in Wales.

Owen is playing the role of Bruce, Mary Ellen’s husband.

Kasadevi Curtis first stepped on the stage at the tender age of 12 right here at the Drill Hall Theatre. Since then she has appeared in productions for the Pacific Players, The Drill Hall Theatre Company, The Byron Theatre Company, The Lismore Theatre Company, Fourth Wall Productions, Mongrel Arts, Halpin Productions and Splinters Theatre of Spectacle. She has also performed in various short films & television commercials but definitely prefers the stage!! Her most recent performances in Mullumbimby were as Titania in the 2014 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and as Louise Porter in the hugely successful 2017 production of The Incorruptible.

Kasadevi is enjoying the challenge of playing multiple roles in this production as it’s not something she has done before. She loves being involved in any production that asks the audience to think critically about the world around them – and this one certainly does that!

Amongst others Kasadevi is playing the role of Elle Macpherson

Georgia Martin is an actor, voice coach, director and long-term member of the Drill Hall Theatre Company. For the past ten years she has been directing plays, including the award winning By Robot and The Water’s Edge.  She is attracted to directing strong female roles with a comedic bent. These productions include Waitresses for the Northern Rivers Conservatorium of the Arts, Becky Shaw and Five Women Wearing the Same Dress which she co-directed with Mike Russo.  Most recently she co-directed, again with Mike Russo, The Call.

As an actor she performed in North Coast theatre productions of Competitive TendernessThe Threepenny Opera, Clarke in Sarajevo, Barmaids, Steel Magnolias, Lend Me a Tenor, Hotel Sorrento, No Sugar, Metamorphosis, The Cherry Orchard, Hamlet, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Jumpers and An Othello.  The Sydney productions were Tales From Hollywood at the New Theatre, California Suite, The Plebeians Rehearse the Uprising, The Water Engine, Agamemnon, The Devils and the for the Arts Council of NSW, The Trojan Women.

Georgia is playing the roles of Cassandra, French Parishioner, Michele & Senior Physician.

Mike Russo has been an actor, director and designer for 40 years, mostly with both the DHTC and Lismore TC. He studied acting at the Drama Studio and The Independent Theatre and has a BA degree from UNE with majors in Theatre Studies and English.

Mike was the much loved children’s clown Chocolate for many years, appearing regularly at the Channon Market.

For the past ten years Mike has been holding free, weekly acting workshops at the Drill Hall. If you are interested in attending these just turn up at the Drill Hall any Monday evening at 6:30.

Mike is playing the role of Lucas, the Lawyer.

Chris Benaud trained at UNSW, Ensemble Studios and Actors Conservatory. At an early age he starred in the international series The Lost Islands which was seen in 150 countries. He had numerous TV roles in series including Number 96Certain WomenThe Young Doctors,  Glenview High and telemovies for the ABC, Grundy’s and Paramount. He has performed on stage for the Hunter Valley Theatre Company, Ensemble and Genesians. He starred in the West End production of the acclaimed Vinyl Couch. More recently he has performed stand-up comedy and as Bottom in the Drill Hall production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Chris is playing the role of Professor Zoltan Endre.

Sam Herzog is a recent psychology graduate of the University of Sydney. Though Sam has done little acting in a formal context before, he has always had a keen interest in film and drama. Sam hopes that a diverse array of experiences, including being in the production of Mark Colvin’s Kidney, will help him forge a successful career as a writer one day, but he is curious to see which exact direction life will take him in the coming years.

Dane Bodley has only been involved in the performing arts world for just over two years. His love of stage and creative expression flourished when he joined Ballina Players in late 2015 and has thrived to improve his performance and skills with every show since. Most recently Dane has played Lt. Kendrick in Ballina Players production of A Few Good Men by Aaron Sorkin. Dane has recently commenced studying Screen and Media at Lismore TAFE, and is very excited to be working with the team behind Mark Colvin’s Kidney.