Skip to main content

Counting and Cracking

On the banks of a suburban Sydney river, Radha and her son Siddhartha release the ashes of Radha’s mother – their final connection to the past, to Sri Lanka and its struggles. Now they are free to embrace their lives in Australia. But a phone call from Colombo brings the past spinning back to life, and we’re plunged into an epic story of love and political strife, of home and exile, of parents and children.

Featuring a world-class cast of 19 performers hailing from six different countries, Counting and Cracking follows the journey of one Sri Lankan Australian family over four generations, from 1956 to 2004. In the course of telling this family’s epic story of break up and reunion, the narrative also tells the tale of two countries: Sri Lanka post-independence and Australia as an immigrant nation.

The Rep is thrilled to be bringing this multi-award winning play to Birmingham, presented by Birmingham 2022 Festival.

Presented by

Birmingham 2022 Festival

Written by

S. Shakthidharan with Eamon Flack

Directed by

Eamon Flack with S. Shakthidharan

Produced by


Executive Produced by

Sue Donnelly




From £12.50

Access Performances

BSL Interpreted performance: Wed 24 Aug, 7.00pm

Relaxed performance: Thu 25 Aug, 7.00pm

Audio described performance: Fri 26 Aug, 7.00pm

Captioned performance: Sat 27 Aug, 1.00pm

Travelling From London?

Click here for more info on train times and how to travel to The Rep.

Fees & Charges

Please note there is a transaction fee of £2.50 on all payment types. Please click here for more information.

Contender for the best play of the year” Time Out Sydney

Exciting, ground-breaking Australian theatre” Limelight

Powerful epic of love and war, exile and reconciliation” The Australian

Presented by the Birmingham 2022 Festival. Generously supported by Arts Council England and The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Presented by Season Patrons, the Australian Government including through its Australian Cultural Fund and International Cultural Diplomacy Art Fund, the NSW Government through Create NSW and the British Council, as part of the UK/Australia Season 2021-22.

Originally co produced by Belvoir with Co-Curious, developed with the support of Curious Works.

And co-commissioned by Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc, Sydney Festival, Adelaide Festival and Belvoir.

The UK tour is supported by Sam Meers AO, David Gonski AC & Dr Orli Wargon OAM, Simon Mordant AO & Catriona Mordant AM. The Executive Producer is Sue Donnelly.

Buy Tickets