Death in a Statesman

Murder in Queensland.
Yeah, noir.

A new play by Robert Kronk
Directed by Bridget Boyle
Dramaturgy and story development: Anna Yen
Cast: Chris Betts, Helen Cassidy, Allen Laverty, Emily Liu, Kate Wilson and Anna Yen
Designed by Ella Lincoln
Sound design by Busty Beatz
Lighting design by Glenn Hughes
Co-commissioned by Xanthe Beesley

After the success of the award-winning The Longest Minute, debase creatives Bridget Boyle and Robert Kronk are turning their hand to the noir genre – with a regional Queensland twist.

Cliff’s life is in the toilet: he’s lost his wife, his job, and he’s back living in Bundaberg. Struggling to reconcile with his daughter (and his mother), Cliff navigates family dramas, local politics, and a potential murder case … all without a car.

Elliott’s doing alright: she’s finishing Year 12, looking after her grandmother, and running the family newsagent … until her estranged father turns up out of the blue, the mayor turns up dead, and the papers don’t turn up at all.

Of all the rum joints in all the world, it had to happen in Bundy.

Combining a suspicious death, strained family relationships, generational change, and a reckoning of what being Australian actually means – Death in a Statesman is funny, smart, and wears the hell out of a fedora.

Death in a Statesman is being developed with regular debase collaborator Allen Laverty and independent producer Xanthe Beesley.

Premier Season

In these times of uncertainty, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the upcoming season of Death in a Statesman which was due to premiere at the Judith Wright Arts Centre in November 2021.

We’d like to acknowledge and thank our wonderful team of artists, our amazing donors and all those people who got in early and bought tickets.

Thanks to the support of all our stakeholders, we are able to announce new dates below.

All tickets purchased for the original season will be honoured for the 2022 season, and we’ll be in contact to let you know more details. Please contact if you need to arrange a refund.

New Dates

8-12 November 2022


Judith Wright Arts Centre
420 Brunswick Street (cnr Berwick St)
Fortitude Valley QLD 4006

Tickets onsale early 2022.


General Admission: $33 + booking fee
Concession: $25 + booking fee
Group Bookings 10+: $22 per ticket + booking fees

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased.


Suitable for ages 15+.

Contains mild swearing or offensive language, adult themes and haze / smoke effects. Please note – a lockout period applies. Latecomers may be admitted at a suitable break in the performance.

Judith Wright Arts Centre and Arts Queensland

This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Photography by AJ Moller. Graphic design by Lead Based Ink.