The Violent Outburst That Drew Me To You

Presented by Melbourne Theatre Company

The Lawler, Southabank Theatre
Regional Tour (VIC, TAS)

Connor is 16 and angry. He doesn’t know why. Lately everything and everyone is annoying him. He’s slamming doors, flipping desks and always fighting. But, when he takes his rage one step too far, his parents decide to leave him in the forest for a week, alone. That should sort him out. Until he meets Lotte – also 16, also angry, but maybe just the friend Connor needs.

As unpredictable as Connor himself, The Violent Outburst That Drew Me To You tackles the ticking time bomb of adolescence with humour and heart. Multi-award-winning playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer is renowned internationally as a leading figure in theatre for young people. His smart, sweet and fiery tale about two offbeat kids at war with the world will resonate with teenagers, and anyone who has ever been one.

Writer – Finnegan Kruckmeyer
Director – Prue Clark
Set & Costume Designer – Romanie Harper
Lighting Designer – Amelia Lever-Davidson
Sound Designer – Ian Moorhead
Fight Choreographer – Lyndall Grant
Stage Manager – Lisette Drew
Production Manager – James Lipari

Josh Price, Harry Tseng, Isabella Yena



“These radical changes of locale are nicely bolstered by Amelia Lever-Davidson’s lighting …”

– Stage Whispers

“The space transforms from garage to bedroom to forest, inviting the audience to build the world along with the actors. Ian Moorhead’s sound design and Amelia Lever-Davidson’s lighting design are evocative and work well with the set.”


“As this is a touring production, the set must be versatile and simple. Romanie Harper’s design is exactly that, with plenty for the actors to feed off as the play transitions from one location to another. Although there was a set malfunction on the night in question, no doubt when this kink is ironed the design will be even more fitting to the production, adding in plenty of its own personality. Similarly, the sound (Ian Moorhead) and lighting (Amelia Lever-Davidson), create a wholistic world of the play, with a sleek segue from suburbia to forest and intense attention to detail.”


“The Violent Outburst is a superb production”

-The Blurb


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