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PREVIEWS Reasons to be Pretty - April 2023 - Theatre at Dairy Road

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**PREVIEWS**Reasons to be Pretty by Neil LaBute 

What's a preview performance? A preview is a full run of the show with costumes, running from beginning to end. If everything is going well, the preview will not be interrupted but the Director or Stage Manager may stop the show. Previews are an essential part of the production process and they are under-utilised in Australia. It is not the same as watching a rehearsal but you might notice a few creaks or bumps and this is reflected in the reduced ticket price. 

The opening night of this show is Wednesday 19 April. 

The Play

American playwright Neil LaBute's bristling comic drama focuses on modern day obsession with physical appearance. The plot centres on four friends and lovers who become increasingly dissatisfied with their dead-end lives and each other. A hard edged comedy that makes us question what really matters in life.

This 67 seat, intimate theatre has just been built by the Molonglo Group and technically fit out by Elite Event Technology. The technical fit out is what turned a cool room into an actual theatre and Elite Event Technology is the ongoing and major partner. It is the first private enterprise theatre in the ACT. Reasons to be Pretty is the third production for this independently run venue. Independent theatre means professional theatre where cast and creatives are paid but without subsidy payment is not equivalent to full time salaries. Some creatives are fully trained, some have a lot of experience and are doing their first paid gig and some members are part of the shadow-emerge-mentoree program which provides training for time. We don't yet know what this space will be, but we can promise that it ain't like Netflix. 

Duration: 90 minutes approximately with one interval

Audience suitability: coarse language and flashing lights 



Greg: Rhys Hekimian

Steph: Alana Denham-Preston

Kent: Ryan Erlandsen

Carly: Lexi Sekuless

Production Team

Playwright: Neil LaBute

Director: Tim Sekuless

Shadow director: Kim Beamish

Stage Management: Jess Morris 

Costume Designer: Fiona ‘Victoria’ Hopkins 

Lighting Designer: Stefan Wronski

Sound Designer: Andre Pinzon

Set Design team: Lexi Sekuless, Annette Sharpe, Hannah Cox

Front of House: Katrina Williams, Branka Gajic, Fiona Wade

Producer: Lexi Sekuless Productions by arrangement with Music Theatre International Australasia Pty Ltd, on behalf of Dramatists Play Service, Inc 

Major partner: Elite Event Technology

Event supporter: Events ACT


All tickets are $35 inclusive of GST but exclusive of Humanitix booking fees. Seating is general admission and not reserved so the earlier you arrive, the better spot you will be able to secure! More handy information is below.

Tickets are for entry only. Theatre tickets are available online until one hour before the show. From that point, box office tickets in person are available for purchase. 


  • All tickets are general admission and no seats are reserved so the earlier you arrive, the better position you will have.
  • Seating is in an L-shape to create a dynamic and intimate playing space. 
  • The venue is fully accessible for wheelchairs with a ramp from the P3 parking spot and same level access from entry into building 3.3 into the theatre all the way to the accessible seating position inside the Mill. As the venue has only just been built, please contact us at for any access questions. All accessible bookings will be reserved.
  • Every seat in the house has a great view, and a different view. Patrons walk through the set to find your seats, adding to the intimacy of the space. This means, late arrivals or patrons who leave the theatre before intermission or the end will NOT BE ADMITTED TO THE THEATRE. 


Like Pizza? Like Theatre? Well plays and pizza packages are live and ready for booking as Verkital Pizzeria and Mill Theatre partner up for the next theatre show at Dairy Road - American Tony Award winning comedy Reasons to be Pretty.

For each evening performance April 12 to May 6 the following is now available:


Dinner, Drink and show $35 per person in addition your theatre ticket 

- One pizza

- One drink (small beer or glass of wine)

**arrival between 530pm-6pm is recommended in order to be ready for the 730pm show

**selections made on arrival 

**these tickets are available for purchase until one day before each show


Vertikal Pizzeria will be open just outside Building 3.3, a short walk from Mill Theatre for pre and post-show drinks and snacks. No booking required but it might be busy!


Tickets are fully refundable and transferable for all COVID related issues. 


  • The name of every booked attendee will be checked off the list on arrival at the Box Office. 
  • You may be temperature checked before being allowed into the venue. Your temperature needs to be below 37.5.
  • Please do not attend if you are experiencing any of the following: fever; flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue; shortness of breath or have been in contact with a person with a confirmed case of coronavirus.


We have COVID-contingency cast members. This process means that should any cast or crew be unwell, our contingency cast will step in to ensure the safest environment for the company and audience. The front of house team will ensure audience are alerted to any changes before each show. 


The Mill Theatre is in Building 3.3, the Screencraft and KeepCo building which is a short walk from Capital Brewing. There are two easy ways to approach the Theatre:

PARK in P3 at the back of the precinct. From there you will see building 3.3 which has a large Screencraft sign. The public entrance is just up from that sign (not underneath it!). Once inside, walk about 5 metres and the theatre is to the right, next to Mojo Guitars.

WALK from Capital Brewing or the Less sculpture into the KeepCo building, pass Ramen Daddy and at the end of the corridor we are on the left. 


All parking in the precinct is free with several accessible parking spots in all the parking locations. The best spot to park is P3 at the back of the precinct. If you park elsewhere please be warned that signage and way-finding around the precinct is extremely difficult. Arrive in plenty of time to possibly get lost, possibly be in a bad mood, and remedy that with a drink at Ramen Daddy before enjoying a smashing show! 

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