Playing Face

Playing Face, by emerging artist, Cassie Hamilton.

Stephanie Priest as Mrs King

Playing Face had a Newcastle season which ran at the Civic Playhouse from the 16th-19th of October 2019 and a Sydney season which ran at Shopfront Arts Co-Op from the 23rd- 26th of October 2019. The production received six City of Newcastle Dramam Association Award nominations and won four awards.

Incorporating film elements and a fully original score, Playing Face blends genres including farce, murder-mystery, camp, absurdism and horror, to deliver an experience like non-other. The result is an uncut exploration of the performance of identity within the roles society has laid out before us, and how strict adherence to these roles can often lead to the erosion of our truest self.

Playing Face: To pretend to be what you believe you should be; or to perform the persona you believe yourself to have; or to play the role you have been assigned so well that your true self falls away, and what is left, is just a face.

Come join Mr & Mrs King for the highly-anticipated season finale of their reality show, ‘Living with the Kings’! Famed musical duo, ‘The Wild Violets’ will be spending three days at the King’s mansion, and on the third day they will give us a show like non-other. Sure, Jason Wilde and Violet Young maybe a little more… peculiar when compared to their usual guests, but most would seem a little off when compared to the radiant perfection of the Kings. So, tune in to witness the endearing shenanigans that take place in their biggest finale yet!


Cassie Hamilton:Director/Playwright/Composer
Riley McLean:
Producer/ Production Manager
Lyndon Buckley:
Technical Manager/ Designer
Kieran Norman: Accompanist


Mr King: Harold Phipps
Mrs King: Stephanie Priest
Ms Young: Anna Lambert
Mr Wilde: Carl Gregory

The cast of Playing Face

Content warning: Playing face includes depictions of suicide, substance abuse, mental health, violence, sex and strong language, and therefore is not suited to patrons under 16 years of age.

Playing Face Rehearsals in 20 Seconds.