In 1926 Ettie Hart dies in hospital taking to her grave one of the greatest untold love stories in  Australian history. Until now.



"A masterpiece. This beautifully written and directed musical has meticulously put together all of the various pieces of the puzzle, it has shaped and moulded them to fit perfectly, and finally has transpired into a work of art" - StageWhispers


"Xavier Brouwer has melded a potential masterpiece of Australian biography that will, I believe, find greater stages. This play will resonate long in the minds of those that experienced the production" - TAGG






Caitlin Berwick
Ettie Hart

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Since Caitlin completed the Victorian College of the Arts Foundation course prior to commencing the three year Advanced Diploma of Acting at the National Theatre Drama School, she has been a part of many new Australian works, in both theatre and film. She has a passion for music whether it be listening, composing, playing, singing or all of the above!

Christian Gillet
Ned Kelly

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Christian is a bass-baritone with a degree in drama from Deakin University and who was awarded the Keith G. Chapman Memorial Scholarship to study at Victorian College of the Arts, as well as the Beleura Tallis Opera Scholarship. His credits include Antonio in Le Nozze di Figaro, Sarastro in Die Zauberflote, Baptista in the Australian Premiere of Herman Goetz’s The Taming of the Shrew, Zuniga in Carmen, and Lurch in the Adams Family.

Emil Freund
Sergeant Steele

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Ballarat-born Emil is a graduate of the VCA Dramatic Art (Acting) degree. He has collaborated with MKA, Back to Back, Punctum, Present Tense Ensemble, Foul Play and The Australian Shakespeare Company and has written, directed and composed his own works. He is planning to take his MICF show 'Uncompetent' to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017.


Xavier Brouwer
Writer and Director

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Xavier is a Melbourne-based music theatre writer and producer who is passionate about telling Australian stories. He is known for MACKILLOP, the large-scale musical on Australia's first saint, as well as the gritty rock musical DIVE, and the satirical musical comedy Grey's Lobotomy.

Valentina Serebrennikova
Set and Costume Designer

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Valentina studied at the Saint Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy, Saint Petersburg University of Technology and Design, and the Surikov Art School in Krasnoyarsk. She has designed sets and costumes for over twenty productions across genres such as opera, drama, classical ballet, and modern dance, in Russia, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.

Maddy Seach
Lighting Designer

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Maddy Seach graduated from VCA Production in 2012 and works as a freelance Lighting Designer, Technician and Stage Manager, touring shows both nationally and internationally. Her most recent lighting design was for StageArt’s The Color Purple and her next show is a remount of Avenue Q in Perth.

Paul O'Keefe

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Paul O’Keefe is the great-great-grandson of Ettie Hart and his research into her life story gives an incredible family insight into not only this amazing young woman but also the Kelly Gang itself. O’Keefe was researcher on Peter Fitzsimon's best selling book Ned Kelly - The Story of Australia’s Most Notorious Legend, and lectures on the Kelly Gang.

Guitarist: Luke McDonald

Projection Designer: Jessica Rowland

Photographer: Michael Diakakis


1. Slim Pickings

2. Master of Hounds I

3. Think of Me I

4. Master of Hounds II

5. A Simple Dream I

6. What Kind of Man

7. Revolution

8. Master of Hounds III

9. Master of Hounds IV

10. A Simple Dream II

11. Think Of Me II

Oh we will not weep
For those that sleep
Beneath the shady mound
For they lofted rest
On  Jesus breast
And triumph the last sound

Like  Brother you have gone
To the home of your rest
Where suffering can
No longer harm you
But if it pleases God
With his endless joys
To choose you.


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