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An Aussie classic full of comedy mayhem.

Cosi   by Louis Nowra

Director: Lesley Coombes
Assisted by Alex Simpson

Dates: May 6 to 21, 2022

This heart-warming and hilarious Australian comedy returns to Maitland Repertory Theatre for the second time in 16 years. Set in a psychiatric facility, Così is a play about friendship, romance, community and difference. It’s 1971 and Australia is protesting the war in Vietnam. But inside the hospital, the resident patients are listening to Mozart, learning their lines and occasionally skipping their medication. It’s art, it’s mayhem, it’s a wonderful roller coaster all the way to opening night.

The icing on the cake is that it’s all based on playwright Louis Nowra’s own life. In the 1970s, he himself directed a musical with patients from Melbourne’s Mont Park Psychiatric Hospital. The one-off performance brought joy to everyone involved.

Now, Reamus Youth Theatre brings this joy to our stage. With its cast of loveable characters, Così offers a touching reminder of how art can make our spirits soar.

Content Warning

Strong language, adult themes and theatrical haze.

Running time

Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes including a 20 minute interval.

Opening Night!

Come along at 7:30pm on Friday 6 May and help us celebrate opening night and enjoy complimentary refreshments before the show.

Ticket Prices

All tickets $25

Special discounts for large groups over 20 – contact for more details
We accept Dine and Discover Vouchers - call 0466 332 766 (10am - 2pm daily) to book using your voucher.

Season Tickets

A Season Ticket is the best value way of seeing our performances. Find out more here.


Bookings will open about 2 months before the show and you can book online or call 0466 332 766 (10 - 2 daily).


Lesley Coombes
Assisted by Alex Simpson

The Cast


Performance Dates/Times:

Evenings at 8:00pm:
May: Friday 6, Saturday 7, Friday 13, Saturday 14, Friday 20, Saturday 21

Matinees at 2:00pm:
May: Sunday 8, Saturday 14, Sunday 15, Saturday 21
Doors open 30 minutes before performances

Performance rights for COSI exclusively licensed by
HLA Management Pty Ltd, P.O. Box 1536, Strawberry Hills NSW 2012 (

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 are encouraged to wear a face mask 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)
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    • reside with anyone who is awaiting the results of a test for COVID-19
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