By Patrick Marber

Stripper / ‘Why isn’t love enough?’

Photographer / ‘If you love me enough you’ll forgive me’

Obituarist‘You think love is simple?’

Dermatologist  / ‘The human heart. It looks like a fist wrapped in blood’


After premiering at the National Theatre in 1997, Marber’s play went on to win the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play as well as the New York Drama Critics’ Award. 

Staged in Sydney’s most exciting new Arts Venue, District 01Closer is presented to audiences without the dizzying comforts of a theatre – intimate, confronting, Closer.

‘…deeply felt, painful, sad, and wise…It is about sexual jealousy and sexual desire; and it is keenly alert to human isolation even within intense relationships'  
Financial Review

June 2011 | District 01


Writer: Patrick Marber | Director and Designer: Dino Dimitriadis | Stage Manager: Tim Warden | Lighting Designer: John Harrison | Promotional Photographer: Jeremy Yao | Performance Photographer: Josephine Rozman | Graphic Designer: Jessica Lousick


Michael Cullen (Larry)
Cat Martin (Anna) 
Katrina Rautenberg (Alice) 
Tim Wardell (Dan)


'outstandingly compelling, ostensibly effortless...has found the heart and soul of Marber’s work'  Brad Syke, Crikey | FULL REVIEW

'One descends the staircase into the cleverly designed, sparse white space. Dramatically complimenting the script, this site-specific set has the perimeter-seated spectators sharing the actors’ space...There should be queues pushing into this Oxford Street basement' Margaret Kingston, ArtsHub | FULL REVIEW