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Barracking for the Umpire

By Andrea Gibbs

Saturday, June 15 @ 7:30 PM 9:00 PM

Arts Margaret River presents a Black Swan State Theatre Company production

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.

Post Show Q+A

Hear from the cast, hosted by writer, Andrea Gibbs, as they tackle head-on the major themes of the show including the fragility of the human body and the impacts of the great game on our players and family, concussion and its long-term health implications, and how our love of sport builds strong communities across Australia.

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

★★★★½ “Highly entertaining yet heartbreaking.” – The West Australian.

★★★★½ “A cracking script that is full of Aussie slang, yet poignant and beautiful.” – Limelight Magazine.

★★★★★ “Powerful performances that help shed light on some important issues we tend to overlook.” – Pelican Magazine.


Main Theatre

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.


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


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

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

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