Samuel Johnson and Max Gillies promise an edgy performance in The Haunting of Daniel Gartrell
  • Wednesday 24 July 2013

Sunshine Coast Council presents The Haunting of Daniel Gartrell, a humorous, thought-provoking and quintessentially Australian story, for two performances only at 7.30pm on Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 September at The J Noosa.

A suburban hermit’s life unravels when confronted by his own dark secrets in this suspenseful drama. Under an ochre sky something happened at Mt Ragged. Celebrated bush poet Daniel Gartrell’s most analysed poem is missing its final verse and the events that occurred at Mt Ragged are a mystery.

Now an enigma, Gartrell lives as a recluse in the suburbs and his only contact is with his daughter. Gartrell is at home, thinking very oblique thoughts when an emerging actor from Bondi knocks on his door. Ambitious and optimistic, he has been cast to play Gartrell in a biographical movie, and in his research for the role, is ready for anything ... or so he thinks. Gartrell leads him on a merry chase, evading inquiries and playing unhinged mind games. The Haunting of Daniel Gartrell is a humorous, thought provoking and quintessentially Australian story that presents a different journey than the one you imagined.

This 2013 Straightjacket Production of The Haunting of Daniel Gartrell by multi award winning Australian playwright Reg Cribb is presented in association with Ellis Productions.

The Haunting of Daniel Gartrell is an accessible yet edgy play that invites audiences to sit back and reflect on how our secrets and our pasts can shape who we are.

This production offers theatre goers the chance to see Australian icon, Max Gillies and TV favourites Samuel Johnson (AFI Award winning actor) and Michala Banas (McLeod’s Daughter, Neighbours, Winners and Losers) like they’ve never seen them before.

Cost to attend is $42 for adults, $35 for concessions and groups of eight or more, subscribers $32 per person and $25 for young people 25 years and under. Bookings can be made by calling 5455 4455, online at, or visit the theatre Box Office located at The J Noosa, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads.


“An undeniably moving piece of theatre” Upstart Magazine

“A talented production and a chance to see well-known actors in a creepy piece of Aussie horror” The Age