We all have but one life – regardless of the paths we tread, only one, and it’s a precious gift.

Date: 7 – 18 May 2019 (post-show Q&A Wednesday 15 May)

Time: 7:30pm

Venue: Subiaco Arts Centre, Main Auditorium


Where: Subiaco Arts Centre

Date: 7 – 18 May 2019 (post-show Q&A Wednesday 15 May)

Time: 7:30pm (Saturday Matinee at 2:30pm)

Running time: 90 minutes (no interval)

Prices: $40 – $50 + BF

Written by Barbara Hostalek


Director: Eva Grace Mullaley

Featuring: Bobbi Henry, Bruce Denny, Holly Jones, Luke Hewitt, Mathew Cooper and Rayma Morrison

Dramaturg: Polly Low

Set & Costume: Sara Chirichilli

Lighting Designer: Karen Cook

Projection Designer: Mia Holton

Sound Designer: Mei Swan Lim

Stage Manager: Jennifer Poh

Assistant Director: Brieanna Collard

Assistant Stage Manager: Maddie Young



Frankie is in jail for serious offences of assault and drug possession. She’s bitter, disenfranchised and just wants to live life on her terms. But jail is a temporary escape for her – free from financial hardship, homelessness, and hunger. Cracked is the story of Frankie as she rages her way through the criminal justice system with the hope of being reunited with her kids. Weaving several narratives, Cracked shows the complexity and disconnectedness of people that fall into a life of crime, and the trials faced by prisoners and others who are determined to help them find a better life. Written by Barbara Hostalek, whose first play Banned sold out two seasons at The Blue Room Theatre in 2018, Cracked is a powerful and thought-provoking look inside our criminal justice system from an exciting new voice.

Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, in collaboration with Playwriting Australia as part of their inaugural Ignition Program, will bring Cracked to life.

Praise for Barbara’s work:

… thoughtfully structured drama, with well developed characters.  Stage Whispers

The writing is brilliant… Hostalek’s script is genuine and believable.  Seesaw Mag

[Hostalek] has used the power of words to, in effect, examine the power of words.The West Australian

This production contains course language, drug references and adult themes. It is recommended for patrons aged 15+.

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