Barracking for the Umpire

Saturday, 15th June 2024 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm


Presented by Black Swan State Theatre Company and Arts Margaret River, By Andrea Gibbs.

What are we willing to sacrifice for the great game?

Following a standout Perth season in 2022, ‘Barracking for the Umpire’ is set to embark on a regional tour in Western Australia for 2024, and Margaret River is fortunate to be included on the tour.

This family drama tackles head-on the fragility of the human body and the impacts of the great game on our players, our family, and our community.

Donnybrook Football Club is set to honour its greatest son – Doug Williams. Hard as flint. Salt of the earth.

Wife, Delveen, by his side, riding every bump with him. Feeling every head knock.

All the kids are flying home to join the celebration.

But after years of the game he loves, the sure hands of Williams are starting to fumble the ball.

CAST (in alphabetical order)

  • Michael Abercromby
  • Pippa Grandison
  • Joel Jackson
  • Steve Le Marquand
  • Ebony McGuire
  • Jo Morris
  • Ian Wilkes


  • Writer: Andrea Gibbs
  • Director: Clare Watson
  • Dramaturg: Polly Low
  • Set & Costume Designer: Sara Chirichilli
  • Lighting Designer: Lucy Birkinshaw
  • Composer & Sound Designer: Joe Paradise Lui
  • Video Designer: Michael Carmody

Venue: Main Theatre, Margaret River Heart – Nala Bardip Mia

Age Restriction: Parental Guidance (PG). Children under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by an adult as the bar will be open.

Consumer Advice: Age recommendation is 15+. Mature themes, coarse language and haze effects. Dementia, amnesia, partial nudity, sexual references, fog and coarse language.

Run-Time: 90 Minutes without Interval

Ticket Prices: Adult $49 / Conc (pension/health care card holders) $45 / ArtsMR Members $39 / Youth (<16) $20 / Family $119 / ArtsMR Member Family $109

Acknowledgements: The commission of Barracking for the Umpire was supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation.

Restart investment to sustain and expand (RISE) fund – an Australian Government Initiative.

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