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About Packer & Sons

A battler at a Tasmanian racecourse finds ten shillings in the dirt. He puts it on a 12-1 long shot, and when it romps home he's off to the mainland, and the Packer Dynasty is born. Fathers and sons across generations, through war, the Depression, technological change. The family myth grows with the influence, and each son feels the weight of time, of power. But now it's the 21st century; it's time for entertainment through your phone. And back to laying bets on long shots. Plotted around the transitions of power from father to son over 4 generations, this is a play about what power does to the men who wield it. A deeply researched, muscular work from Tommy Murphy (Mark Colvin's Kidney, Holding the Man), Packer & Sons puts on stage the men who have loomed large over Sydney for nearly 100 years. Supported by Australian Writers' Guild's David Williamson Prize. Please click here to visit the Belvoir Street Theatre Website