The Production and the Play

With a cast of 5, a single musician, a simple set and a rollicking storyline, Boy out of the Country is the ideal touring show. Funny, fast paced, honest and written in an Australian poetic vernacular reminiscent of the poetic tradition of Banjo Paterson, Boy out of the Country tells a story of land, family and belonging.

A family property, worthless for generations, is suddenly zoned as part of a regional housing estate to accommodate an ever increasing urban sprawl. At this moment of shifting economies and loyalties, Hunter returns from a seven year absence. Finding his boyhood house boarded up and his mother in a retirement home, Hunter goes in search of answers. And he starts with his brother Gordon.

"A play infused with the vitality of Aussie Idiom and melodrama that crackles with understatement and wit"

Boy out of the Country Collage


" Touching, funny, raw, bittersweet "

- Australian Book Review

Award winning poet and playwright Felix Nobis has created a play in Australian verse. The language tunes into the rhythms of the country and uses those rhythms to examine relationships and uncover the landscape.


" Fusing high drama with laugh-out-loud comedy "

- Theatre People

Boy out of the Country emerged out of the Melbourne Theatre Company Affiliate Writers Scheme and has been awarded the R. E. Ross Trust Script Development Award.

The play premiered at fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne on the 21st of November, 2013.

*The 2013 Premiere production was co-directed by Fleur Kilpatrick