Machu Picchu

13 Apr – 01 May, Dunstan Playhouse


Presented by State Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company & Flinders University
By Sue Smith

A funny and moving new play about a couple learning to love again in the face of adversity, starring the sparkling Lisa McCune.

Machu Picchu follows Paul and Gabby, two mid-life civil engineers who seem to have it all. After a horrifying car accident, Gabby walks away unscathed but Paul is badly injured and their lives are forever changed. Both are forced to reassess priorities, and reevaluate long held dreams. They must also fight to maintain their personal connection, and, in many ways, learn not only how to love again, but also how to simply … be.

Exploring mindfulness, altruism and the challenge of staying true to yourself, Machu Picchu slips back and forth over the history of an ordinary— and extraordinary—love story.

Theatrically rich, bluntly human and wickedly humorous, it’s a celebration of courage that explodes the belief that bad things only happen to other people. And asks a question: when catastrophe strikes, and the normal clutter of life is stripped away, can something purer and more precious be found? 

Crafted by State Theatre Company favourite Sue Smith (Kryptonite, The Kreutzer Sonata, Brides of Christ, Saving Mr Banks) and starring, in her State Theatre Company debut, Lisa McCune and Darren Gilshenan, this new co-production with Sydney Theatre Company promises to fill the Playhouse stage with hope, light and love.


Commissioned by Sydney Theatre Company.
This project is supported by the Australian Writers’ Foundation, with the generous support of Kim Williams AM.


2 hours, 5 minutes including interval



Mon 11 April 6:00pm



Wed 20 April 11:00am

Wed 20 April 6:30pm 

Sat 23 April 2:00pm
Vision Impaired / Audio Described (with pre-show discussion from 1.00pm) 

Tues 26 April 6:30pm
Vision Impaired / Audio Described (with pre-show discussion from 5.30pm) 

Please click here for the pre-show audio. 

Please click here for more information on the Access Program. 



Wed 20 April 11:00am



Fri 22 April 8:00pm


Geordie Brookman

Set and Costume Designer
Jonathon Oxlade

Lighting Designer
Nigel Levings

Alan John

Sound Designer
Andrew Howard

Cast includes
Elena Carapetis, Darren Gilshenan, Luke Joslin, Annabel Matheson, Lisa McCune, Renato Musolino

Photo Archive

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"Machu Picchu is a sobering reminder that we ought to be making the most of what we have, each day, and not taking anything for granted."

"Immensely talented, Lisa McCune immerses herself in the difficult role of Gabby. McCune is excellent as a woman torn between her love for Paul and her altering life plan. McCune’s portrayal taps into raw emotion that is sometimes selfish, but always sincere. The text lends itself to honest and at times blunt responses to inconceivable circumstances."
Stage Whispers

"As Paul, Darren Gilshenan is devastatingly funny and given some devilishly dry turns of phrase."
The Advertiser


Day With State Shows
Each show is followed by a Q&A session with the Director and the cast. Teachers who book students into a Day With State show will receive a detailed study guide. These provide in-depth information on themes, style, characters and set and includes assignment questions which are ideal for continued learning back at school.

Day With State shows for Machu Picchu will be on:

14 April, 11.30am
Dunstan Playhouse

Some coarse language

To book please download the Education Program Booking Form here.

Completed forms can be returned to:

State Theatre Company of South Australia 
PO Box 8252, Station Arcade, Adelaide SA 5000
or fax 8231 6310
or email Education