by Emily Wells

A Playlab Theatre production, presented in partnership with Metro Arts

Are you seriously going to sass me in my own apartment?

Moxie, passion, drive; whatever you want to call it, Leila’s got it and it compelled her hundreds of kilometres from the remote country town she grew up in to the big city. It’s been a hard six years, but she’s so close to the success she craves, so close to her dreams of representing her community, so close to being an inspiration to the other girls back home just like her.

However, one girl just like her, her niece Maddie, has just shown up on her doorstep in the middle of the night, disillusioned and far away from the same community that Leila left behind, and she’s about to make her understand just how far she’s strayed from home.

Face to Face is an intimate drama about two women navigating the complex effects of disconnecting from Country, and criticism from your community, your family, and above all, yourself.

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Wed 16 Mar – Sat 26 Mar


16 – 17 Mar 7:30pm Previews

18 – 26 Mar 7:30pm


90 minutes. No interval. 


New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End


General Admission $45 + booking fee
Concession $39 + booking fee
Groups 6+  $39 per ticket + booking fee
Preview $39 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

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Suitable for 15+. Contains low-level coarse language, depictions of death, illness, and descriptions of police violence that may be upsetting to some audience members.

Should patrons feel any anxiety or discomfort while seeing the show, you are encouraged to advise friends, family or venue staff before leaving the theatre.


Emily Wells

Emily Wells is a proud Kamilaroi woman, based in Meeanjin (Brisbane). Emily is a keen producer and playwright whose creative practice spans theatre, contemporary dance, festivals, and non-for-profit arts organisations. As a Playwright, Emily is one of three playwrights selected for Playlab Theatre’s year-long development program Alpha Processing, and one of six First Nations playwrights selected for the inaugural Sparks program delivered by QPAC, Playlab Theatre and Moogahlin Performing Arts.

Emily was awarded the Emerging Female Arts Leader Award through the Matilda Awards and was a Finalist for the Aboriginal Achievement Award in QLD’s Young Achiever Awards. Emily studied at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts and obtained a Bachelor of Entertainment Industries (Distinction) from QUT. Emily held the role of Creative Producer with youth arts organisation Digi Youth Arts, and has worked closely with leading First Nations independents and companies such as Karul Projects, Katina Olsen, Marilyn Miller, Jasmin Sheppard, Isaac Drandic and Steven Oliver.


Playwright Emily Wells

Cultural Advisor Colleen Wall

Cultural Dramaturgs Sueanne Hooper, Annette Wells, Jackie Jones, Coral Jones,  Merle Hurley, 

Co-Directors Roxanne McDonald and Nadine McDonald-Dowd

Dramaturg Alex Bayliss

Designer Bill Haycock

Lighting Designer David Walters

Composer and Sound Designer Wil Hughes

Stage Managers Natalie Callaghan


Lorinda Merrypor

Hannah Belanszky


Playlab Theatre and this project are supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Face to Face is also supported by the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative.


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