22 Oct – 09 Nov, Space Theatre


Presented by State Theatre Company South Australia and Sydney Theatre Company
By Sue Smith

Give me your ideals. Put them in my hands. I’ll keep them safe.

Kryptonite is an inventive, incisive, time-leaping political thriller from acclaimed Australian writer Sue Smith (Brides of Christ, Mabo, Bastard Boys, The Kreutzer Sonata).  

The play traces the fortunes of two students from a Sydney university to China, and then to Parliament House in Canberra as their careers and relationships intertwine, peak and implode.

Dylan is a carefree, charismatic but brilliant boy from the Northern beaches and Lian an introverted exchange student. As years pass their paths continue to cross; he is now a left wing politician whose career is solidly in ascendance while she has returned to China as a senior executive. They are drawn inexorably closer until the personal and the political start to blur with shocking consequences for both. Is desire enough to transcend politics?

A play for our times that dissects the tricky question of our relationship with China and Australia’s place in the Asian century. We join once again with Sydney Theatre Company to create this thought-provoking premiere production.

Kryptonite was co-commissioned by Sydney Theatre Company and Playwriting Australia, with the generous support of Rhonda McIver.

Contains some nudity.


Duration: Approximately 1 hour 35 minutes - no interval. 


Mon 20 October 6:00pm



Sat 1 Nov 2:00pm
Vision Impaired / Audio Described (with pre-show discussion from 1.00pm) 

Tues 4 Nov 6:30pm
Vision Impaired / Audio Described (with pre-show discussion from 5.30pm)
Night With State (Q&A after the performance)

Please click here for more information on the Access Program. 



Wed 29 October 11:00am
Please click here for more information about Keith's Matinee Club.




Geordie Brookman

Victoria Lamb

Lighting Designer
Nicholas Rayment

Sound Designer
Andrew Howard


Assistant Director
Shona Benson

Ursula Mills, Tim Walter



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"The script itself is engrossing, and another true credit to distinguished writer Sue Smith.  It’s great this play is on now and not during festival season, so it doesn’t get lost among the proliferation of performances on offer.  Kryptonite is fun, accessible, intelligent and intense. The best dramatic production I’ve seen this year." InDaily

"Sue Smith’s script and Brookman’s production steer us through the complexity of events and ideas without letting us lose track of the humanity behind the story. It is often funny and sometimes very moving." The Australian

"The performances are superb"  4 star review, Time Out Sydney

Kryptonite is undoubtedly one of the finest Australian plays in recent memory.” The AU review

“Guarantees to provide conversation topics for some time after” Arts Hub

"An enthralling piece of theatre." Australian Stage

“Sue Smith’s play is a breath of fresh air... Small yet almost perfectly formed, it understands the best way to make people care about the political –in this case, the rapidly changing relationship between Australia and China - is to make it personal.” Stage Noise

“A perceptive and compassionate script, excellent performances, an understated yet effective set by designer Victoria Lamb and good lighting by Nicholas Rayment combine to make a production that feels just right for this place, this time, this location.” Stage Noise

"It is powerful, profound, and deeply moving, and every theatre aficionado should be doing all that they can to get tickets. This production is an exceptional piece of theatre, with two magnificent performances at its core. This is top quality professional theatre and everybody involved in the production has every right to feel extremely proud of what they have created. Do not miss this production, whatever you do." Broadway World