Death in a Statesman

Murder in Queensland.
Yeah, noir.
Death in a Statesman is one witty play: a story of three car crashes, three generations of one family, and three (or more) crimes to be solved ... The scene is set for discovery, romance, the rebuilding of family relationships, and the solving of a few crimes along the way ... clever, humorous, and great fun.

Cliff’s life is in the toilet: he’s lost his wife, his job, and he’s back living in Bundaberg. Struggling to reconcile with his daughter (and his mother), Cliff navigates family dramas, local politics, and a potential murder case … all without a car.

Elliott’s doing alright: she’s finishing Year 12, looking after her grandmother, and running the family newsagent … until her estranged father turns up out of the blue, the mayor turns up dead, and the papers don’t turn up at all.

Of all the rum joints in all the world, it had to happen in Bundy.

Combining a suspicious death, strained family relationships, generational change, and a reckoning of what being Australian actually means – Death in a Statesman is funny, smart, and wears the hell out of a fedora.

Warnings: Suitable for ages 15+. Contains swearing or offensive language and adult themes.

Script available

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Death in a Statesman script
Death in a Statesman script published by Playlab Theatre. $25.95 each

Death in a Statesman – class set of scripts (min. 10 script order). $23.95 per script

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Death in a Statesman has a lot of fun playing with genre conventions ... Noir and comedy make a fun combination and ... a good vehicle for a story about family and transitions. So if you’re looking for a dose of home-town nostalgia or want to dig your teeth into a murder mystery you should definitely go and check it out.

Premier Season

All tickets purchased for the original season will be honoured for the November 2022 season. Please contact for further information.

2022 Season Dates

8-12 November 2022, 7:30pm
Preview: 8 November 2022, 7:30pm


Judith Wright Arts Centre
420 Brunswick Street (cnr Berwick St)
Fortitude Valley QLD 4006


General Admission: $33 + booking fee
Concession: $25 + booking fee
Group Bookings 10+: $22 per ticket + booking fees
Preview: $11 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased.


Suitable for ages 15+.

Contains swearing or offensive language, adult themes, bright flashes and haze / smoke effects.

Please note: a lockout period applies. Latecomers may be admitted at a suitable break in the performance.

View Season Program


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Photography by AJ Moller (marketing images) and Creative Futures Photography (production photos).

This project is supported by Arts Queensland through the First Night Showcase – Judith Wright Arts Centre Program; and the Creative Sparks Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council to support local arts and culture in Brisbane.
Judith Wright Arts Centre and Arts Queensland

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