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Alice (Jacqueline McKenzie) is a scientist working towards an important new discovery. Jenny (Mandy McElhinney) is her sister, and believes any conspiracy she reads on the internet. They couldn’t be more different. So, when tragedy forces them together, the impact has unexpected consequences.

It’s 2008 and Alice’s team of physicists at the Large Hadron Collider are searching for the Higgs Boson, stitching together the fabric of the cosmos. But at home, Alice’s family is falling apart at the seams.


Mosquitoes is a story of facts and feelings that reaches to the edges of time and space without ever losing touch with its very human heart.

Performed in the Drama Theatre at the Sydney Opera House for the Sydney Theatre Company.

Writer: Lucy Kirkwood

Director: Jessica Arthur

Designer: Elizabeth Gadsby

Lighting: Nick Schlieper

Composition and Sound Design: James Brown

Choreography: Niharika Senapati

Movement: Gavin Robins

Cast: Annie Byron, Jason Chong, Mandy McElhinney, Jacqueline McKenzie, Angela Nica Sullen, Louis Seguier, Nikita Waldron, Charles Wu

Photographer: Daniel Boud


“Witness two exceptional performances and a playwright knocking on the door of brilliance.” Sydney Morning Herald

"A thrilling emotional ride, cranked to maximum tension by fabulous performances from all on stage" Daily Telegraph

★★★★ "Mandy McElhinney is outstanding ... Jacqueline McKenzie is excellent... and the two are terrific across the spectrum of their relationship." Stage Noise

“[Mandy] McElhinney wrings every laugh from Kirkwood’s spiky dialogue” Limelight Magazine

★★★★ "Mosquitoes combines the epic sweep of Chimerica with the depth of characterisation of The Children and makes one fascinated to see what Kirkwood comes up with next." Australian Book Review

“Director Jessica Arthur brings excellent amplification to personal emotions for the characters we meet.” Suzy Goes See

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