by Nathan Maynard, directed by Isaac Drandic

Belvoir is proud to present the world premiere of At What Cost?, a robust and provocative modern tragedy by award-winning Palawa playwright Nathan Maynard, from 29th January – 20th February.

In Maynard’s home state of Lutrawita (Tasmania), Boyd’s got enough on his plate between keeping a family together and his responsibilities to land and people. But something’s happening. Every year more and more folk are claiming to be Palawa too. Folk no-one’s heard of until now, who haven’t been ‘round before. Are they legit? Or are they ‘tick-a-box’? Who decides? And how?

If Boyd’s going to take everyone forward, they’re all going to have to go back, old mob or new, into the island’s knotty past. And they might not like what they find there…

Directed by Noongar man Isaac Drandic (Griffin Theatre Company and Queensland Theatre’s City of Gold), At What Cost? stars proud Wiradjuri man, Luke Carroll (The Cake Man, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, ABC’s Play School), Gumbaynggirr, Dunghutti and Bundjalung woman Sandy Greenwood (Griffin Theatre Company’s Dogged), Alex Malone (Black Swan State Theatre Company’s The Lighthouse Girl) and Ari Maza Long (Malthouse Theatre’s Gonzo).

Playwright Nathan Maynard, a Trawlwoolway, Pakana/Palawa man, was awarded the Balnaves Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Fellowship in 2019, supporting the writing and development of At What Cost?. In 2015, Maynard’s play The Season was featured at the Yellamundie Festival and won best production at the 2018 Green Room Awards. He has also worked with Blue Rocket Productions as a director and producer on the award-winning animation, Little J & Big Cuz.

Belvoir Artistic Director, Eamon Flack, said “I think Nathan Maynard was born with the magic secrets of great playwriting already in him. He’s an ideal writer for the Belvoir stage – funny, human, real – but most of all he’s got a story that needs to be told, and he doesn’t hold back. He’s writing very directly from life, and I swear you can smell Putalina and its past when you watch the play. I’m glad we can make a place on Gadigal land for Nathan’s play.”

Upstairs Theatre, Belvoir St Theatre
Dates: 29 January – 20 February 2022
Prices: Full price from $68, Seniors from $58, Concession from $48, 30-Down from $46, Student Saver from $33
Tickets: or (02) 9699 3444

Indigenous theatre at Belvoir is supported by The Balnaves Foundation.


Luke Carroll Boyd – He/ Him
Sandy Greenwood Nala – She/ Her
Alex Malone Gracie – She/ Her
Ari Maza Long Daniel – He/ Him

Nathan Maynard Writer – He/ Him
Isaac Drandic Director – He/ Him
Jacob Nash Set Designer – He/ Him
Chloe Ogilvie Lighting Designer – She/ Her
Kelsey Lee Lighting Associate – She/ Her
Keerthi Subramanyam Costume Designer & Set Design Realiser – She/ Her
Brendon Boney Composer – He/Him
Dave Bergman Sound Designer – He/Hi

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