What’s On: Spencer (Lab Kelpie & QUT Gardens Theatre)

09 SPENCER - Jane Clifton and Roger Oakley_image by Pier Carthew
Jane Clifton and Roger Oakley in Spencer. Photographed by Pier Carthew.


23-24 August

QUT Gardens Theatre

Tickets: Adults $49 | Concession $44 | Pensioner & Full-time student $37

How much does family define who we are? And do we ever really grow up?

Katy Warner’s Spencer is a rapid-fire comedy-drama exploring the fate of one gloriously dysfunctional Australian family across a weekend of love, laughs and pain.

Spencer comes to QUT Gardens Theatre for two nights only on its national tour, and tells the story of a tight-knit family led by single-mum and matriarch Marilyn and her three adult children – wayward daughter Jules, mouthy coulda-been Ben and aspiring AFL player/golden child Scott.

About to meet the young son – Spencer – he never knew he had, Scott and the family have returned to the suburban family home to help mark the occasion. With the surprise appearance of 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.

Jane Clifton and Roger Oakley head up the cast as estranged spouses Marilyn and Ian, and the complex family dynamic is rounded out with an experienced cast including Lyall Brooks as the eternally disappointing son Ben, Fiona Harris as surly smart alec Jules, and Jamieson Caldwell as Scott, whose progeny from a barely memorable one-night-stand is the very reason the family is back under one roof.

Following rave reviews after its world premiere season in 2017, Spencer was nominated for two Green Room Awards in 2018 for Writing (playwright Katy Warner) and Performance (actor Lyall Brooks).

For ticketing and further information, visit the QUT Gardens Theatre website, or see what the cast have to say about the show below:

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