Australian Theatre Live Presents a Red Line Production

This Much is True

A debt collector, a drag queen, a rogue chemist and a manic depressive walk into a pub…


This Much Is True continues the story of Lewis from Summer of the Aliens and Cosi. Now he’s older, a writer and lives in an inner city suburb filled with public housing, the underclass and characters who could only exist in such a place.
He attends the 150 year old hotel, The Rising Sun, where he mixes with a core of customers, including an ice chemist, a once famous drag queen, a violent debt collector, a con man, a manic depressive and a fixer.
These stories are true.


Playwright Louis Nowra

Directed by Toby Schmitz

Assistant Director Andrew Henry

Cast Danny Adcock, Septimus Caton, Justin Stewart Cotta, Joanna Downing, Alan Dukes, Robin Goldsworthy, Martin Jacobs, Ashley Lyons

Set Design Anna Gardiner

Lighting Design Matt Cox

Sound Design Jed Silver

Costume Design Martelle Hunt

Photography by John Marmaras


[The] cast are all excellent, painting characters that you could describe as larger-than-life, but for the fact that they are so truthful.

Ben Neutze – Daily Review/h5>

This Much Is True weaves considerable magic from tall tales, little tragedies, and the sentimental glow Nowra casts over his characters. Take two glasses of your poison down to the theatre instead of one. Settle in and surrender.

Jason Blake – Sydney Morning Herald

Eight brilliant performers are assembled to create an underground world for our delectation.

Suzy Wrong – Suzy Goes See