Good Cook. Friendly. Clean.

By Brooke Robinson

4 May - 16 June


Monday – Friday 7pm
Saturday 2pm & 7pm
Wednesday 6 June 2pm & 7pm

A portrait of a woman slipping through the cracks of Sydney’s housing crisis. It’s not a comfortable play—it’s a critical one.

Where do you go when you don’t have a home?

Coming home one night, Sandra learns she has two weeks to move out. It’s nothing personal, her housemates just have a friend who needs somewhere to stay. No choice but to pack up and find another sharehouse. But Sandra is in her 50s. And affordable places are hard to find in the ruthless Sydney rental market. In one interview after another, she contorts herself into the shape of what she thinks people want in a housemate. But with each rejection she becomes increasingly desperate, losing control of her life in frighteningly simple ways.

Brooke Robinson has written an unflinching examination of homelessness, asking how willing we are, as a society, to take care of our most vulnerable. As the housing crisis worsens, what happens to people like Sandra – to those who don’t own a home, who are getting older and don’t have family to fall back on?

Funny until it’s not, Good Cook. Friendly. Clean. is a devastating portrait of someone slipping through the cracks. It’s not a comfortable play—it’s a critical one. And under the direction of Marion Potts, looking away is not an option.

Meet the Creative Team

Lee Lewis on Good Cook. Friendly. Clean

Director Marion Potts
Designer Melanie Liertz
Lighting Designer Alexander Berlage
Sound Designer & Composer Nate Edmondson
Stage Manager Khym Scott
With Fayssal Bazzi, Tara Morice, Kelly Paterniti

Preview 4 – 8 May
Opening Nights 9 & 10 May
Season 11 May – 16 June

Performance Times

Monday – Friday 7pm
Saturday 2pm & 7pm
Wednesday 6 June 2pm & 7pm

Meet The Artists Tuesday 22 May
Captioned Performance Tuesday 5 June


Adult $60
Concession, Senior, Preview, Groups 8+ $50
Under 35 $38

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Is this the greatest risk facing older women?
Homelessness. Fear. Poverty. These are some of the things women have to look forward to in their old age according to a new report from the Council on the Aging NSW…Read more
– Sydney Morning Herald


Homeless older women
They’re the hidden face of homelessness, over-55 women, who often come from middle-class backgrounds, but find themselves on the streets due to divorce, injury and/or a lack of superannuation…Watch now
– The Project, Channel 10


Sydney teens speak: time to mention the ‘p’ word
I’d rather feel clean than feel full.” These are the words of a young homeless woman named Alexa. Every month she is forced to choose between a meal and a pack of pads. While she may choose the pads, many other women in similar situations don’t, and instead must find their own alternativesRead more
– Sydney Morning Herald

Women on the Edge
Insight reveals the true extent of a hidden issue: women and homelessness…Watch now

Ageing women in financial strife the new face of Australian homelessness
Charities are reporting increases of up to 44 per cent in the number of older women seeking homelessness services in the past five years and government stats are showing half a million women will fall into housing stress over the next two decadesRead more
– The Daily Telegraph


Single women face a frightening future of homelessness in Australia
The real number of older women in housing stress, and at imminent risk of homelessness, is staggeringly high. More than 330,000 single women over 45 in Australia are living in conditions of serious economic stress. And their prospects are not good…Read more
– Sydney Morning Herald