Sylvania Waters

Antoinette Barbouttis

Following an investment into new works through the Rescue-Restart fund offered by Create NSW, Performing Lines has recently facilitated the creative development of Antoinette Barbouttis’ meta-theatrical stage adaptation of the seminal and controversial ABC/BBC Reality TV show Sylvania Waters.

Asking profound questions about ethics, culpability, and narrative agency, the work explores the Donaher-Baker blended family during their time as the focus of the documentary series as well as its subsequent effects on their lives.

Sylvania Waters received a creative development produced by Performing Lines NSW culminating in a staged reading in May 2023. We now look to presenters and commissioners for a future premiere of the work.


Antoinette Barbouttis

Sarah Goodes

Set and Costume Design
Marg Horwell

Mish Grigor

Helen Thomson as Noeline

Produced by
Performing Lines NSW

Information for Presenters

Creative Development (2024)
World Premiere (2025)

Vanessa Wright Senior Producer
Thom Smyth Producer

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

Sylvania Waters is produced by Performing Lines and supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW, and The Arts House Wyong.

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