Jessie Anand Productions presents

The Bleeding Tree

by Angus Cerini
29 MAY - 22 JUN 2024

Ticket Prices:
£22 Standard | £18 Concessions | All previews £16 | Pioneers' Preview (29 May) £10



Videography by Erica Belton.

“Girls, I think your father’s dead”

In a small town with a big sky, a gunshot rings out. Three women stand over the body of a man. Rumours say he was drunk when he left the bar. Maybe he fell over and pissed himself, or perhaps he got lost in the night. What if the end of his story is the beginning of someone else’s?

Daring, intimate and darkly funny, The Bleeding Tree is the story of a mother and two daughters, determined to survive, and a community who take justice into their own hands.

A gripping revenge drama about complicity, secrecy and resilience from acclaimed Australian playwright Angus Cerini.

This UK premiere production is directed by Sophie Drake (Patriots, West End and Broadway) and produced by Jessie Anand Productions (This Might Not Be It, Bush Theatre).

An intense, unforgettable hour” West End Best Friend ★★★★★

Vivid, exquisite and intense” The Stage ★★★★

Incredibly affecting and powerful” All That Dazzles ★★★★★

Gripping, astonishing and breath-taking performed by three insanely talented women” Stage to Page ★★★★★

Crucial and radical” Spy in the Stalls ★★★★

WINNER – Griffin Award
WINNER – Helpmann Award for Best Play
WINNER – David Williamson Prize for Excellence in Writing

Please note: This show explores themes around domestic violence. Please see the content warning for more information.

FREE Post-Show Talk – Thursday 20 June

Join us on Thursday 20 June for a post-show talk with director Sophie Drake and Rebecca Goshawk of gender-based violence charity Solace Women’s Aid around the themes of The Bleeding Tree. Event free with a ticket to the production.

The Bleeding Tree was first produced by Griffin Theatre Company, 7 August 2015 at the SBW Stables Theatre, Sydney, Australia.

This UK premiere production is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, with thanks to Stage One, the Golsoncott Foundation, and the Unity Theatre Trust for additional support.


Theatre: The Little

Mon – Sat: 8pm

Tue & Sat: 3.30pm

Running Time: 60 mins

No interval and no re-entry.

We strongly advise that you arrive early and take your seats in advance of the start time as there is a no latecomers policy.

This production contains references to domestic violence (including physical, sexual and verbal abuse), murder and animal cruelty. Please be aware that these will be described but not physically enacted on stage. The production also contains strong language and descriptions of the human body after death. Recommended for ages 14+.

FREE Post-Show Q&A with the cast of The Bleeding Tree on Thursday 13 June, after that evening’s performance.

FREE Post-Show Q&A talk with director Sophie Drake and Rebecca Goshawk of gender-based violence charity Solace.

Free with a ticket to that evening’s performance.

The performance on Tuesday 11th June at 3.30pm will be presented in a relaxed environment.

This means that audience members will be free to leave the auditorium and return as they need to, sound effects in the performance will be quieter, and lighting effects will be reduced and slowed down.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this performance please email our box office team at

The Company

Elizabeth Dulau
Mariah Gale
Alexandra Jensen

Sophie Drake
Jasmine Swan
Iskandar إسكندر R. Sharazuddin
Ali Hunter
Asaf Zohar
COMPOSEr and sound designer
Fran Cattaneo
Bethan Wall
Associate set and costume designer
Jessie Anand
Adam Jefferys
Honor Klein
Charlotte Vickers

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The Bleeding Tree

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