Australian Theatre Live presents
An Apocalypse Theatre and Griffin Independent Production

The Dapto Chaser

For the Sinclair family, the cut-throat world of greyhound racing is a religion. With a crucial race, the Winnebago Classic on the horizon, Cess Sinclair, has one shot at reversing his family’s fortunes for good.


Against all the odds, he’s betting on a miracle.

The Dapto Chaser is warts-and-all Australian comedy that gets its hands dirty with the adrenaline, sweat and guts of the dog racing sub-culture. The Sinclairs are a family trapped in the pressure cooker of gambling addiction and when things don’t go to plan, they are forced to gamble the most important commodity of all – their relationship to each other.

Playwright Mary Rachel Brown wrote The Dapto Chaser perched in the bleachers track-side, while director Glynn Nicholas will be going on an all-schnitzel diet to get it over the line.

Warning: This production contains dogs, bitches, mongrels, drugs, cheating, lying, winning, losing and masses of family dysfunction.

The Dapto Chaser was commissioned and originally produced by Merrigong Theatre Company.


Cast  Danny Adcock, Noel Hodda, Jamie Oxenbould, Richard Sydenham

Playwright Mary Rachel Brown

Director Glynn Nicholas

Producer Dino Dimitriadis

Set and Costume Designer Georgia Hopkins

Lighting Designer Toby Knyvett

Sound Designer Daryl Wallis

Stage Manager Cara Woods

Photography by Robert Catto


Brown wrings humour from every twist of the plot and the play glows in this well acted and thoroughly realised production directed by Glynn Nicholas.

Sydney Morning Herald

a luscious mix of ingredients that make a spicy, unexpected, twisting, turning narrative. The four characters are richly fashioned and the actors grab them with both hands and make the most of them.

Stage Noise

All in all, The Dapto Chaser is funny, rude, illuminating and a fine play that’s meaningful and extremely entertaining. Not to be missed.

Stage Noise

Playwright Mary Rachel Brown has scripted a whippet smart play, a family saga set in the sub culture of dog racing

Australian Stage

Directed by Glynn Nicholas, who has a sure touch with the comedy, and it has a good cast adept at finding the moments where hope turns to despair and then back again

The Australian

Like a canine on cocaine, The Dapto Chaser is a get up and go show. Run to see it.

Australian Stage