father holding small child

Lab Kelpie and QUT Gardens Theatre present


by Katy Warner

There's no such thing as fun for the whole family. From award-winning writer Katy Warner (A Prudent Man) comes a new Australian comedy-drama looking at a gloriously dysfunctional but tight-knit Australian family: single-mum and matriarch Marilyn and her three adult children – wayward daughter Jules, mouthy coulda-been Ben, and AFL player and golden boy Scott.

About to meet the young son – Spencer – he never knew he had, Scott and the family have returned home to help mark the occasion. With the surprise appearance of Ian, the father they barely remember, the entire family is forced to work together to clean up both the house and their own fractured relationships as the clock ticks down to Spencer's arrival.

Employing classic Australian vernacular, lashings of humour and recognisable characters in situations that speak to the way we live today, Spencer asks us to consider how much family defines who we are, if we can exist without them, and whether we ever really grow up…

Starring Jane Clifton, Roger Oakley, Jamieson Caldwell, Fiona Harris, and Lyall Brooks
Directed by Sharon Davis
Designed by Rob Sowinski and Bryn Cullen
Produced by Adam Fawcett

Education resources
Download the Spencer education resource (PDF 2.5MB)

"It quietly uncovers a simple yet universal truth – the flawed but undeniable power of unconditional love. This may very well be the birth of a future Australian classic."


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