from left- Ilya Ilyashyk, Chrissy Mae Valentine, Lara Balken and Sam Martin. Pic by Ella Vanderdeyl

Creating space for women’s voices in Sydney’s theatre culture. ‘Exit Wounds’ is the world premiere of a new work from emerging Sydney playwright Lara Balken.

Graceless Productions present ‘Exit Wounds’ as part of Sydney Fringe Festival 2019, playing 10-15 September at Flight Path Theatre, 142 Addison Road Marrickville.

Sam doesn’t know who she wants to be when she grows up, besides relatively happy, and hopefully safe holding her girlfriend’s hand in public. Which would be fine – if she wasn’t 23, an unapologetic disaster with a self-destructive streak, and suddenly staring down her own mortality while the three people she cares about most stand right in her blast radius. “Exit Wounds” is a darkly comedic drama about grief, love, and identity, centred on a young woman whose life takes a startling turn.

Lara Balken (director/writer/actor) says: “There’s a notable absence of roles in theatre for women in their 20s, particularly queer women, and Exit Wounds is in many ways a response to that. I wanted to write characters who feel genuinely contemporary, and let the women be messy in a way that’s still almost unheard of in theatre.”

Cast: Lara Balken as Sam, Ilya Ilyashyk as Zach, Chrissy Mae Valentine as Natasha, and Sam Martin as Eli.

Creative team: Director/Writer Lara Balken, Set/Costume Design: Bronte Barnicoat, Lighting/Sound Design: Marie Echevarria, Stage Manager: Hannah Crane, Production Assistant: Elle Vanderdeyl

Graceless Productions is a new Sydney-based company dedicated to supporting emerging artists and telling challenging, provocative stories. “Exit Wounds” is being presented by an all-female creative team.

Exit Wounds plays at Flight Path Theatre as follows: Preview 8pm September 10, shows 8pm September 11-14 and 5pm September 15. Tickets are $25 (preview/concession) and $30 (adult) and can be purchased online at For more information please visit

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