Theatre Works presents

Lifetime Guarantee

9 February 2017 - 26 February 2017

Charles is a Millennial who wants to have kids, live in Spring Street speculation ‘The Dream’, and for his lover Dan to hold his hand in public. Jodie is Charles’ assistant. She’s new in town. She can’t control her own human instincts but wants to take her industrial design to the next level.

A rock and roll comedy featuring property development, new love, sex tapes, divorce and a ’67 Mustang, LIFETIME GUARANTEE is a brutal anthem exploring inexplicable love in a punishing world.

The production sees acclaimed Australian playwright Ross Mueller continue his search for truth and humour in places others might not look. His 2009 play CONCUSSION won the New York New Dramatists Playwright exchange and ran a season to critical acclaim at Sydney Theatre Company.

In LIFETIME GUARANTEE, he teams up with multi-award winning Theatre Works Creative Director John Sheedy for a biting comedy fuelled by urgency, honesty, anger, sex and alienation.

In a market of hot speculation, the council still hasn’t approved.

Australian Premiere

90 minutes. No interval.
Tickets $38 Adult / $30 Concession.

With Mark Constable, Julian Dibley-Hall, Candace Miles, Charles Purcell and Izabella Yena.

Warning: This performance contains nudity, occasional coarse language, strobe lighting and haze effects. Recommended for audiences 16+ years.

St Kilda Festival | Sunday 12 February
Please note due to St Kilda Festival parking is limited on Sunday 12 February. We recommend making public transport arrangements for this performance.


Ross Mueller


John Sheedy


Ellen Stanistreet


Kelly Ryall

Lighting Designer

Martin Kinnane

Associate Designer

Gerardo Javier Angeles


Belinda Kelly

Assistant Director

Rodrigo Calderón

Production Manager

Cat Scobie

Stage Manager

Jacinta Anderson

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Ross Mueller

ROSS MUELLER is an Australian playwright and winner of the New York New Dramatists Playwright exchange for his play CONCUSSION (2009). His work has been commissioned by Melbourne Theatre Company, Playbox, Canberra Youth Theatre, Hothouse and ABC Radio National.


Mark Constable

As Francis

A graduate of WAAPA back in the nineties, Mark has performed in numerous productions with many of Australia’s major theatre companies, including Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland, Belvoir, Griffin and Black Swan. He co-founded the Tamarama Rock Surfers (TRS) theatre company and the Old Fitzroy Theatre in Sydney, celebrating its twentieth year. His recent stage credits include Yellow Moon (MTC), nominated for Best Ensemble Green Room award and the Australian production of Warhorse for the National Theatre of Great Britain. He has an extensive list of television and film credits and has produced, directed and acted in a number of award winning short films. His film, “Uncle Jonny”, runner up at Tropfest 2008, was recently selected in Tropfest’s all time top 20 films, He has taught countless students and directed a huge list of productions at acting schools and universities throughout Australia and was the former Head of Acting at the National Theatre Drama School.

Julian Dibley-Hall

As Charles

Julian is an actor and theatre-maker trained at the VCA (Theatre Practice) and ATYP. His theatre credits include Much Ado About Nothing (dir. Alister Smith/Tony Smith, VCA) which toured to the Folkwang International Shakespeare Festival in Essen, Bag of D*cks (VCA Fr!sk Festival 2016), No End of Blame (dir. Bridget Balodis, VCA), Florida (dir. Zachary Dunbar, La Mama), The Cherry Orchard (dir. Melanie Beddie, VCA), Side: Effect (dir. Tobias Manderson-Gavin, MKA), The Pillowman (dir. Luke Rogers, New Theatre), and Human Resources (dir. Kate Gaul, Siren Theatre Co.). His screen credits include 'All Saints', 'Search for Treasure Island' and the short film ‘Lure’. He was the 2016 recipient of the VCA Cassidy Bequest Scholarship for Theatre. Julian has been a proud member of Equity since 1997.

Candace Miles

As Chloe

Candace is a theatre-maker and actor, graduating in 2015 from the Victorian College of the Arts. Upon finishing training at the VCA, Candace co-founded ensemble company Three Birds Theatre. She was performer and co-creator of LadyCake (Poppy Seed Theatre Festival 2016) & Three Birds One Cock, both receiving critical acclaim (FRISK Melbourne Fringe 2015; Adelaide Fringe 2016; Metanoia 2016). Other acting credits include Cloudstreet (dir. Julian Fuentes- Reta), Stage Door (dir. Justine Campbell) and Fewer Emergencies (dir. Lara Kerestes). Candace is also trained in contemporary jazz singing. Her latest work Vanishing Act was awarded Best Cabaret of Melbourne Fringe 2016.

Charles Purcell

As Daniel

Charles is an actor and theatre-maker based in Melbourne who graduated from the VCA's Theatre Practice course in 2015. His recent credits include, as performer: Mark Wilson’s Anti-Hamlet (Theatre Works / New Working Group), The Last Ten Minutes of History (La Mama), Daniel Schlusser’s Schmaltz (Malthouse) and Bron Batten’s Use Your Illusion (Field Theory), as performer and co-creator: Smithereens (Melbourne Fringe / Frisk Festival), and as performer and dramaturg: Tim Spencer’s Show Me Yours, I’ll Show You Mine (Melbourne Fringe, La Boite Indie), which won 2012 Melbourne Fringe Awards for Best Performance and Innovation in Theatre and saw Charles nominated for a Green Room Award for Best Male Performer. Since VCA Charles has also worked on the development of various new works with companies including Little Ones and Sisters Grimm. He is currently being supported by Next Wave Festival through their Kickstart Helix program.

Izabella Yena

As Jodie

Izabella Yena is a 2016 graduate from the Victorian College of the Arts where she was the recipient of the 2015 Pratt Bursaries Scholarship and the Patricia Kennedy Award in 2016. During her time with the VCA, Izabella played a range of roles including Blanche Du Bois in Arthur Miller’s A Streetcar Named Desire, Hero in William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, which toured to Essen, Germany in 2016 to partake in the Folkwang International Shakespeare Festival, and Antigone in Sophocles’ Antigone. Izabella participated in the Fresh Ink program for the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) in 2015, under the mentorship of Ross Mueller, which provided the opportunity to work with a diverse group of playwrights to develop four new Australian plays. Izabella is also a founding member of Mousetrap, a trio theatre group who specialize in satirical comedies with political undercurrents. Mousetrap’s debut show Three Blind Mice premiered at the Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2016 and was nominated for a Melbourne Fringe Festival Best Performance Award and will tour to Adelaide Fringe in early 2017


Actors rise to the exhilarating challenge in thrilling tour de force


John Sheedy's production is a thrill ride, sharp and exhilirating. Ditto to the frisky set and lighting designs by Ellen Stanistreet and Martin Kinnane. Lifetime Guarantee is a timely reminder that a play in theatre can run rings - maybe even chuck doughnuts around the best television.


A great start to Theatre Works' year of new work by some of Australia's most remarkable independent artists and companies.


Mueller is surely one of the most intelligent, formally adventurous and emotionally brave playwrights now writing in this country.

Allison Croggon

The triumph of John Sheedy’s adaptation of THE RABBITS into an opera is that it retains both the simplicity of Marsden’s story and the character of Tan’s “parallel” world. A triumphant adaptation of a deeply tragic story.

The Guardian on The Rabbits