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The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

"I hate the world, Matilda. Do you know that?“ - Beatrice

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

by Paul Zindel

Director: Maria Bardakos

Assistant Director: Brendon Harris

July 10 to July 25

Winner of the 1971 Pulitzer Prize, the Obie Award and the New York Critics Circle Award as best American Play of the season, this powerful and moving story of triumph in the face of adversity, set in the style of Tennessee Williams, is one of Off-Broadway’s greatest successes.

It is a biographical play of the writer’s dysfunctional family and the pain and loneliness suffered as a child growing up in a home with a narcissistic mother, a rebellious and manipulative sister and the absence of a loving father.

Yet, even though the play presents a bleak situation, it also offers hope in the character of Tillie (Matilda) who, despite her mother’s cruelty, refuses to be defeated. Tillie embodies the spirit of the survivor. Tillie is an awkward outcast at school, yet she is able to appreciate what life has to offer because she has discovered something more important than external appearances, something more lasting. She has discovered that she is important.

Running time

Approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes including a 20 minute interval.

Preshow Complimentary Refreshments!

Come along at 7:30pm on Saturday July 10 for our delayed opening night or on Wednesday 14 at 7:30pm and enjoy complimentary refreshments before the show.

Ticket Prices

$25 (full); $20 (concession)
Group Concessions 10+: $20
Season Tickets for 2021: $65
Special discounts for large groups over 20 – contact info@mrt.org.au for more details

Dine and Discover NSW

You can use your Dine and Discover voucher to buy a ticket online to see the 30 June performance of "Marigolds". If you'd like to buy more than 1 ticket with your Dine and Discover voucher or buy tickets for July performances with your voucher please phone 0466 332 766 (10 - 2 daily) to make your booking and have your Dine and Discover Voucher Code ready.


Book now online or call 0466 332 766 (10am - 2pm daily).


Maria Bardakos

Assistant Director

Brendon Harris

The Cast

Aimée Cavanagh - Beatrice
Kaysia Dowie - Ruth
Maddison Lamb - Tillie
Meg O'Hara - Janice Vickery
Dimity Eveleens - Nanny

Performance Dates/Times:

Evenings at 8:00pm:
July: Saturday 10, Wednesday 14, Friday 16, Saturday 17, Friday 23, Saturday 24
Matinees at 2:00pm:
July: Sunday 11, Sunday 18, Sunday 25
Doors open 30 minutes before performances

COVID Safe Conditions of Entry

The safety of our community is of paramount importance. We have put measures in place to prioritise the health and well-being of everyone.

All visitors must wear a face mask, check in with our QR Code (we can assist) and are asked to sanitise their hands on arrival and exercise proper physical distancing while on site.

You are not permitted to enter Maitland Repertory Theatre if you:

    • are experiencing any flu-like symptoms (sore throat, runny nose, persistent cough, shortness of breath, fever)
    • have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 (during the period of time in which the virus is contagious)
    • are awaiting the results of a test for COVID-19
    • reside with anyone who is awaiting the results of a test for COVID-19
    • have visited a designated COVID-19 hot spot and failed to observe the government requirement to quarantine for 14 days
    • have returned from international travel and failed to observe the government requirement to quarantine for 14 days

By Arrangement with ORiGiN Theatrical on Behalf of Samuel French a Concord Theatricals Company