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Elevator Repair Service


A spellbinding theatrical encounter with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel.
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‘Every aspect of this show sings …. it is close to perfect.’ 

- The Independent (UK)

In a shabby non-descript office an employee picks up a copy of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. He starts to read aloud and can’t stop! At first his co-workers hardly notice. But after a series of strange coincidences, it's no longer clear whether he's reading the book or the book is transforming them all into its characters.

Gatz is a theatrical tour-de-force — not a stage adaptation of Fitzgerald's American masterpiece or a retelling of the Gatsby story, but a thoroughly entertaining, utterly absorbing dramatisation of the novel itself. Just as the office worker can’t put the book down, you’ll be completely spellbound binging on this extraordinary theatrical experience.

After playing to sold-out houses around the world and gaining critical rapture and countless awards, this enthralling theatrical event is coming to Perth. Whether you know the novel or are discovering it for the first time, you’ll be caught up in the action as word for word The Great Gatsby is brilliantly brought to life by Elevator Repair Service, one of America’s most exciting theatre companies.

Images: Mark Barton

The detail


Tickets from $36 - $175 + BF

Premium  Adult $145 / Friend $130

A Reserve Adult $100 / Concession $95 / Friend $90 / Student $40

B Reserve Adult $36

Add a Hamper for $30

Octagon Theatre


1 Mar - 3 Mar 2019

Friday 1 March, 3:00pm

Saturday 2 March, 3:00pm

Sunday 3 March, 1:00pm



  • Assistive Listening Assistive Listening
  • Wheelchair access Wheelchair access

additional information


Please Note

Duration: 8hrs including intervals and dinner break.

Includes two 15 min intervals and one 1 hour and 25 min dinner break. 

Warning: Contains cigarette smoke, open flames, use of firearms.


Dinner Break Conversation

Sat 2 Mar


Artistic Credits

Created & Performed by Elevator Repair Service
Text The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald
Director John Collins
Associate Director Steve Bodow
Producer Ariana Smart Truman
Set Designer Louisa Thompson
Costume Designer Colleen Werthmann
Lighting Designer Mark Barton
Sound Designer Ben Williams
Associate Lighting Designer Dans Maree Sheehan
Associate Producer Lindsay Hockaday
Stage Manager Maurina Lioce
Production Manager Liz Nielsen
Technical Director Aaron Amodt
Sound Engineer Jason Sebastian


Laurena Allan (Myrtle)
Jim Fletcher (Jay Gatsby)
Ross Fletcher (Henry C. Gatz)
Gavin Price (Ewing)
Vin Knight (Chester)
Lindsay Hockaday (Catherine)
Maggie Hoffman (Lucille)
Scott Shepherd (Nick)
Annie McNamara (Daisy)
Ben Jalosa Williams (Michaelis)
Pete Simpson (Tom)


About the Artists


Elevator Repair Service (ERS) is a New York City-based company that creates original works for live theatre with an ongoing ensemble. The company’s sources range from found material (transcripts of trials, old movies, YouTube videos) to literature and conventional plays (both classical and contemporary).

Founded in 1991 ERS has authored an extensive body of work that includes 19 original theatrical productions. These have earned the company a loyal following and made it one of New York’s most highly acclaimed experimental theatre companies. The company’s best-known work Gatz (2006), along with The Sound and the Fury (2008) and The Select (The Sun Also Rises) (2010), forms a trilogy of work based on great American novels from the early 20th century. In 2015 ERS remounted The Sound and the Fury at the Public Theater and later that same year premiered an original stage play created in collaboration with playwright Sibyl Kempson at New York Theatre Workshop. These productions share a commitment to risk-taking and reinvention, blending unusual texts with innovations in theatrical form. The finished works feature ERS’s signature dynamic performance style and playful sense of humour coupled with a rigorous commitment to psychologically complex performances. ERS has received numerous awards and distinctions.

John Collins founded Elevator Repair Service in 1991. Since then he has directed or co-directed all of the company’s productions. The recipient of a Doris Duke Artist Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship in Drama and Performance Art and a United States Artists Donnelley Fellowship, Collins received the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Director and the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director for Gatz.  His writing about theatre and sound design can be found in two recently published books, Theatre Noise: The Sound of Performance (Cambridge Scholars, 2011) and Encountering Ensemble (Methuen Drama, 2013).


Food & Drink Information

Pre-orders of hampers have now closed.


Pre-show (1 hr prior) | Bar, coffee and bar snacks in Jackson Court

Interval 1 | Bar, coffee and bar snacks in Jackson Court


Hamper Collection | All pre-ordered hampers can be collected from the marquee next to the bar in Jackson Court

In Jackson Court there will be Charlie’s Pizza and Hampers can be purchased from the bar.

Charlie’s Pizza in Jackson Court will be serving:

Quinoa salad – tomato, spinach, cucumber, preserved lemon, mint (gf & v) $10, add smoked salmon $15

Roasted chicken thigh with lemon, white wine & herbs served on a bed of cous cous $20

Beef meatballs cooked in tomato sugo served on a bed of cous cous $15

UWA Somerville Food 

Patrons are invited to go into UWA Somerville and purchase curry from Spice Box or collect pre-ordered pizzas from Charlie’s Pizza. 
Due to demand patrons will need to pre-order their pizza

Customers can pre-order via text on 0437 877 837 you must state your name, the date you are attending and your preferred time with your order. 
We will confirm via return text. 

Pre orders for this event close at 12pm noon on the day of attendance. Pizzas can be paid for & collected from our pick up counter in Somerville at your allocated time.

Interval 2  |  Bar, coffee and bar snacks in Jackson Court



Gatz was commissioned in part by Walker Art Centre (Minneapolis, USA).


Event Program

To download the event program click here.

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Funding provided by the United States Government