Saplings Tickets
Sydney, New South Wales

Saplings Tickets

A collection of hilarious and heartbreaking stories born from workshops with young people experiencing the youth justice system.
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Saplings Tickets

About Saplings

“I wasn’t there ‘cause I wanted to be, I was there ‘cause I had to be, okay? If Josh hadn’t eaten my noodles, I wouldn’t be here."

Would you risk breaking bail for a packet of Mi Goreng? Would you snitch on a mate to save your own skin? Around here, ordinary days can turn on you so fast you’ve still got a smile on your face as your hopes die in your hands.

Yani wants to go to the Easter Show, Kai wants a sense of home, Shanika wants her Mum back, and Lachlan...well, he just wants his bowl of noodles. But when the justice system is all that stands between these young people and what they want, it raises an important question — how do young people grow when the system keeps cutting them down?

Yuwaalaraay playwright Hannah Belanszky and Kalkadoon director Abbie-lee Lewis bring their exceptional talent to the stage for Saplings, a collection of hilarious and heartbreaking stories born from workshops with young people experiencing the youth justice system from Marrickville to Moree. Four talented young actors take on multiple roles in this poetic, personal, and unexpected production that will leave you asking who’s really to blame.

Set to a soundtrack of rap and hip-hop music made by young people in the youth justice system, Saplings gives an honest, raw look into the adult consequences faced by some of our most vulnerable. Join us at The Rebel Theatre for a night of laughter, tears, and celebration of the survival instincts of young people.

Run time

1hr 20 mins (no interval)

Start date

24th January, 2024

End date

4th February, 2024



Recommended for ages 14+

Production note
Preview Performance: Wed 24th Jan 6:30pm


Pier 2/3 - The Rebel Theatre

13A Hickson Road, Dawes Point, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2000



BY BUS: The 324 / 325 Watsons Bay to Walsh Bay bus (stopping at Wynyard, Town Hall, Kings Cross, Edgecliff stations) runs approx. every 20 minutes off-peak.

BY TRAIN: The closest train station is Circular Quay approx. approximately 1km (via George Street and Lower Fort Street steps) or 1.3km (via Argyle Street Trinity Ave and Potinger Street) walk.


  • On-street metered parking
  • Bond One Car Park (Entry via 26 Hickson Road)
  • Barangaroo Point Car Park (entry via Hickson Road)
  • Barangaroo Reserve Car Park (entry via 5 Towns Place)

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More information about Saplings

Writer: Hannah Belanszky

Director: Abbie-lee Lewis

Cast: Maliyan Blair, Ioane Saula, Nyasha Ogden, Wesley Patten

Dramaturg: Jane FitzGerald

Co-set & Costume Designer: Angela Doherty

Co-set & Lighting Designer: Morgan Moroney

Composer & Sound Designer: Michael Weir

Fight Director: Tim Dashwood

Production Manager: Harry Dowling

Stage Manager: Milly Grindrod

Producer: Hayden Tonazzi

Workshop Facilitator: George Kemp


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