By Angus CeriniDramaSydney Theatre Company


Wonnangatta Station, 1918. Two men arrive at a dark and empty farmhouse looking for the manager, their friend Jim Barclay. No one’s heard from him for more than a month. Something’s amiss. Then a grim discovery sets the men off on a journey across the harsh Australian terrain, looking for answers, maybe for revenge.

Angus Cerini’s multi-award-winning The Bleeding Tree was a sensation on its premiere at Griffin Theatre and again when remounted by STC at The Wharf. In Wonnangatta, Cerini’s dark lyricism explores the Australian landscape – geographic and psychological – in a hard-driving yet poetic celebration of language and story.

Theatrical powerhouses Hugo Weaving and Wayne Blair bring these words to life in an exciting world premiere production directed by Resident Director Jessica Arthur.

This Australian gothic fable will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Portrait of Angus Cerini

Angus Cerini

Angus Cerini is a multi-award-winning writer, performer and theatre maker.

Angus’ plays have been produced by companies including Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, Griffin Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Arena Theatre Company, and widely within the independent sector.

Angus is the winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, the NSW Premier’s Literary Award, Helpmann Award for Best Play, an AWGIE Award for Best Play, a Sydney Theatre Award for Best Play, multiple Green Room Awards including Best Play, The Patrick White Playwrights’ Award, the Griffin Play Prize, the David Williamson Prize and RE Ross Trust Awards, and has received numerous award nominations.

His plays include: Wonnongatta; The Bleeding Tree; Resplendence; Save for Crying; and Wretch.

His play, The Bleeding Tree, won an AWGIE Award for Best Play, a Helpmann Award for Best Play, multiple Green Room Awards including Best Play, a Sydney Theatre Award for Best Play, the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Drama, as well as the Griffin Award and the David Williamson Prize. The world premiere of production of The Bleeding Tree by Griffin Theatre Company won three Helpmann Awards and four Green Room Awards. The production was remounted by Sydney Theatre Company and then toured to Canberra and Melbourne to critical acclaim. The Bleeding Tree is published by Currency Press.

Save for Crying, which Angus wrote and directed at La Mama Theatre, won multiple Green Room Awards including Best New Writing for the Australian Stage. His play, Resplendence was presented at NEON Festival for Melbourne Theatre Company, was nominated for multiple Green Room Awards and won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Drama.

Angus creates theatre projects through his company Doubletap and has toured this work throughout Australia and in Ireland, England, Hong Kong and Germany.

Judges’ report

Angus Cerini is one of Australia’s most unique and gifted voices in the theatre. His play Wonnongatta presents a rich, compelling and poetic world. Based on a true story, it follows two men in a journey  across extraordinarily drawn images of country and deep into the fascinating recesses of an unsolved murder, Cerini employes language that is to die for – visceral, rhythmic and superb. An absolute gift for the two actors to inhabit the magnificent and metaphysical world of this play. Cerini is a master craftsman whose use of the English language is utterly delectable and sumptuous whilst being deeply and authentically of its place.


An extract from Wonnangatta is available here.

The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards shortlist