Brisbane Festival presents

The Game

Brisbane Powerhouse - Visy Theatre
03 - 05 Sep


Australian Premiere Exclusive to Brisbane

Devised by Gemma Collins, Grace Dyas and Lauren Larkin with Rachel Moran, Mia deFaoite and other women who have exited prostitution and women currently involved in sex work.

The Game explores the act of buying sex - the rules, the language and the power structures.

It’s a play that’s also a real-life game, with levels and consequences.

Five new men have volunteered each night. These men have never played ‘The Game’ before. They’ve no idea what they’re about to do and they won’t be given a script. They are doing this to be part of an event – a symbolic act – that calls us all to consider, to think and to review.

All you have to do is watch.

The Game gives audiences an insight into a world that sits uncomfortably beneath the surface of our day-to-day lives. How we legislate makes a statement about our values. The legal status of prostitution and sex work is a measure of our society. Laws around the world are changing. We’re all affected by those changes.

“Director Grace Dyas and her collaborators are determined to show how complex the subject is, and to ask us to think. They succeed, in a work that is brave, horrific and urgent.” (Irish Times)

The Game is part of a Festival Focus: Irish Rebellion.



The Game is part of the Festival Focus. Click here to take part in the Festival Conversation about Ireland.

This production contains adult themes, nudity, coarse language, sexual references, and violence. This performance contains stories of sexual assault and/or violence which may be stressful to some audience members. Recommended 18+.
This production is supported by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon, Mermaid Arts Centre and Culture Ireland as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. THEATREclub are Project Artists, an initiative of Project Arts Centre

Devised by Gemma Collins, Grace Dyas and Lauren Larkin with Rachel Moran, Mia deFaoite and other women who have exited prostitution and women currently involved in sex work.

Lauren Larkin Creator and Actress

Gemma Collins Creator and Actress

Grace Dyas Creator and Director

Eoin Winning Assistant Production Manager/Lighting Designer

Emma O'Grady Production Manager/Stage Manager

Shaun Dunne Volunteer Coordinator

Mari Kennedy Therapeutic Advisor

Sandra Adams Project Manager

Women collaborators

Creator and Director: Grace Dyas

Grace Dyas is an activist, a theatre director, writer, and theatre producer. She sometimes changes things or makes new things happen. She makes theatre because she wants to change the world.

Dyas devised and directs in The Game by THEATREclub, a show described as ‘brave, horrific and urgent’ by the Irish Times. She received an Irish Times Theatre Award nomination in the Best Director category for her work on The Game. Her other work for THEATREclub includes Moyross, History, Addiction, Twenty Ten, The Family, Heroin, (winner of Spirit of The Fringe Award 2011), THEATREclub stole your CLOCK RADIO what the F*** you gonna do about it?, Group Therapy for One, and Rough (Fishamble New Writing Award). Other theatre work includes I am A Home Bird (It’s very hard) which she produced for Talking Shop Ensemble and The Fall which she produced for Ella Clarke.

Creator and Actress: Lauren Larkin

Lauren Larkin devised and performs in The Game by THEATREclub, a show described as ‘brave, horrific and urgent’ by the Irish Times. Previous work with THEATREclub includes The Family, Twenty Ten (for which she was nominated for Best Performer at Dublin Fringe Festival 2011) and Heroin (winner of Spirit of The Fringe 2010). Larkin is a regular collaborator with Talking Shop Ensemble having performed in the multi-award winning Death of the Tradesmen and I am a Home Bird (It’s very hard) and Advocacy for which she won best Performer at Tiger Dublin Fringe. Her TV and film credits include Love/Hate Series 3 (RTÉ).

Creator and Actress: Gemma Collins

Gemma Collins is a maker, performer and producer. Her work as a producer includes line producer of The Rest is Action by The Company as part Tiger Dublin Fringe, co-curator and producer of Addiction – a public conversation event by THEATREclub and Depaul Ireland, assistant producer of The Theatre Machine Turns You On Vol.3 – a mini festival curated by THEATREclub in Project Arts Centre in 2013, co-producer of Confusion Boats by Ger Kelly in Dublin Fringe Festival 2013, and producer of Does Anybody Ever by The Children as part of ABSOLUT Fringe 2011.

Collins devised and performs in The Game by THEATREclub, a show described as ‘brave, horrific and urgent’ by the Irish Times. She has also performed in The Family by THEATREclub and devised and performed in Tell with Stephen Lehane and Dylan Coburn Gray.


THEATREclub is a Dublin-based theatre collective founded in late 2008. Its members are Lauren Larkin, Gemma Collins, Grace Dyas, Barry O’Connor, Eoin Winning, Shane Byrne, Doireann Coady, and Emma Fraser. Together, they make theatre, performance, film and large-scale participation projects about themselves and the people and things around them. They are committed to an egalitarian process of making and collaborate with a broad spectrum of people, from everyday experts to government ministers, from musicians to visual artists.

Created with fun and love and framed by focused ambition, THEATREclub’s work is visually electrifying, drenched in substance and socially engaged. 

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Adult $35

Concession $31

Duration : 90 minutes
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Brisbane Powerhouse - Visy Theatre

119 Lamington Street
QLD 4005

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