21 – 23 Feb

After a SOLD OUT Season in 2021, and a spectacular return in 2022 THE LIES WE WERE TOLD is back for a long-awaited third season, this time partnering with Monkey Baa Theatre Company to present the best show ever made as part of Sydney World Pride Amplified.

“You don’t stop laughing because you grow older. You grow older because you stop laughing.” Maurice Chevalier

We grow up being lied to. Often for good reasons – so we can believe in something magical, to believe we can be whoever we want to be, or to shield us from pain. This is about those moments. When a lie is revealed and the truth is revealed and in that moment something is discovered, something that will change you forever, something that cannot be unlearnt. From global conspiracies to childhood memories to the most personal moments of all. This is how we grow up. This is life!

Following our critically acclaimed partnership on 2017’s Dignity of Risk, ATYP and Shopfront Arts Co-op join forces once again to premiere The Lies We Were Told.  An ensemble of Young People aged 8-18 will share personal stories and verbatim texts, investigating the moments when it felt like you grew up in one day, or one hour, or one minute and nothing would ever be the same again.

  • “The 14 young artists had the audience in the palm of their hands  […] from being in stitches of laughter to crying and evoking thought-provoking conversation topics for the after-show debrief with your friends and family on the way home.” ★★★★ – ATYP

Directed by Natalie Rose

Presented with Monkey Baa Theatre Company at the ARA Darling Quarter Theatre

Image credit – Joshua Morris


Single Tickets: Adult $32 /
Concession $20

Tue – Thu 7pm /
Matinee Thu 12:30pm

Duration: 60 minutes

Recommended for ages 12+

We offer school bookings for our matinee shows!
Student: $21
Teacher: $21
Dates and Times
Thu 23 Feb, 12:30 pm

Director – Natalie Rose
Assistant Director – Sharleen Ndlovu and Nicole Pingon
Composer – Prema Yin
Scripted by – Natalie Rose, Sharleen Ndlovu and Nicole Pingon
Set, Lighting and Costume Design – Daniel Potter
Production Manager – Tyler Fitzpatrick
Producer – Valentina Corona
Associate Producers – Lily Hayman, Sophie Ward
Devised and Performed by – Tom Anderson, Geronimo Devitt,
Gil Gracie, Megan Harrison, Tristan Holmes, Jake Milligan, Astra
Milne, Sunny Morris, Alana Saidi, Noam Sen Gupta, Tom Scekic,
Olivia Tsigaropoulos, Miah Tito-Barratt, Jack Waters

Presented with Monkey Baa Theatre Company at the ARA Darling Quarter Theatre

As part of Sydney World Pride Amplified

Originally developed as an ATYP co-production



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