A Comedy with the Safety Off

Presented by La Boîte and Playlab, 'The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek' by Kathryn Marquet enjoyed its WORLD PREMIERE season in 2018 (Feb 10 - Mar 13).

Working out of a small shack in the isolated wilds of south-western Tasmania, George, an environmental scientist, is trying to save the world one Tassie Devil at a time. Since she was a small girl she has dreamt of halting the advance of climate change, but saving a species in the middle of nowhere will have to do, for now.

Sharing the cramped shack with George is Harris, a Ranger with an annoying chicken nugget obsession, who has been charged with bringing a feral dog plague under control to help protect George’s work with the Devils. Across one night, when two unexpected visitors trigger a serious of events, George is going to discover that ideology can only take you so far when sometimes the problem just needs a damned good beating.

“How on earth do we create change? And how do we bring others with us? Mass death is no laughing matter, but when things get dark I’d rather laugh than cry, and so I wrote 'The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek.'” - Kathryn Marquet, Playwright

Venue Format
Theatre, Black Box Venue
Technical Rating
B, C
Touring Party
4 x Actors, 1 x Stage Manager, 1 x Assistant Stage Manager, 1 x Production Technician (optional)

'The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek' was developed through Playlab's Beta Testing and Playwright-in-Residence Programs

'The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek' is recommended for mature audiences 15+. It contains frequent coarse language, sexual references, simulated drug use, simulated violence, and bodily fluids.


Playlab is unique nationally as the only theatre company to work from idea through development, onto stage and into publication.

Playlab provides playwrights with a supportive space that privileges creative risk in terms of craft and story. While for audiences, it offers challenging and ideas-based work that speaks to the diversity and politics of contemporary Australia.

Playlab currently have two productions, an impressive catalogue of publications, dozens of playwrights in development and plays in performance throughout Australia.


La Boite is a story of people, passion, purpose and place. We hold a unique place in the hearts and minds of artists and audiences in Brisbane. For the past nine decades La Boite has represented the adventurous and alternative. There has always been a strong focus on the development of new work and artists, and today is no different.

The stories, ideas and voices of our city and country are many and varied and La Boite seeks to represent and engage in this beautiful and rich diversity; of form, of ideas, ethnicity, gender – of identity.

At La Boite, we push the boundaries of form by collaborating with some extraordinary partners to stretch the boundaries of theatre practice in Australia.

Unique Selling Point

A wild and hilarious new Australian play tackling climate change and the dangers of a post-truth world.

'The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek' is a response to the rise in anti-science rhetoric, the decline in the importance of facts, and the polarisation of politics driven by ideology that has created a paralysis in all policy related to climate change. It will stimulate audiences through its humorous assault on racism, climate change denial, and anti-intellectualism in a way that will keep them thinking (and laughing) long after visiting the theatre.

Marketing Materials

A comprehensive library of marketing collateral such as the video trailer Trailer; templates; digital assets; production shots; promotional images; press release; reviews and quotes will be shared with our presenting partners.

'The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek' by Kathryn Marquet will been published by Playlab and the publication can be made available for sale in the foyer after a performance.

Community Engagement

We welcome community engagement opportunities such as Post-Show Q&A with actors, performance workshops and/or playwriting workshops with Katherine Marquet.