Great White

Will O’Mahony

“O’Mahony’s script is a thrilling exercise in discomfort. The questions posed to the audience are concise yet deep, and reach far beyond the existential brick-walls that each character appears to have prematurely hit, be it by adolescent crisis or by death…Will O’Mahony is at a powerful moment in his career. Work like this is full of audacity and nerve.”

The West Australian


Jack and Lauren are trapped in a nightmare that only one of them can escape. When they come face-to-face with the ocean’s apex predator, suddenly life seems big, scary and beautiful.

Award-winning artists The Skeletal System won over critics and audiences with this killer tale of blood and heartache in the deep blue sea. This terrifying and beautiful play by WA playwright Will O’Mahony sees two tiny people caught in a too huge ocean with one very hungry fish.

Great White is a coming-of-age story of love, fate, human frailty and every swimmer’s worst nightmare.

“5 stars…funny, beautiful and terrifying all at the same time. If you like intelligent, brilliantly constructed, acutely relevant and deeply affecting theatre, go and see Great White …quite possibly the best written, best constructed, most physically and emotionally affecting plays this reviewer has ever seen in Perth, if not anywhere.”

ArtsHub – 5 Stars


Will O’Mahony


Set and Costume Designer
Alicia Clements

Lighting Designer
Joe Lui

Sound Designer
Will Slade

Adriane Daff
Will O’Mahony
Mikala Westall

Produced and Toured by
Performing Lines WA

Presenter Contact

Jeremy Smith Senior Producer

Presentation History

Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Fringe World Festival
Perth, WA
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Full Presentation History for Great White

Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Fringe World Festival
Perth, WA
The Blue Room Theatre
Perth, WA

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

Great White has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Western Australian Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts. This production was originally supported by The Blue Room Theatre.

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