The Laramie Project



In October 1998, on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming, a 21-year-old gay college student named Matthew Shepard was savagely beaten, tied to a fence and left to die in the freezing night. The murder became a watershed historical moment in civil rights in America.

In the aftermath of Matthews’s death, members of a New York theatre company travelled to Laramie and, over the course of 18 months, conducted more than 200 interviews with residents of the town. Using  interview transcripts, court documents and media reportage as source material, they created The Laramie Project, a play that chronicles how the community grappled with the hate crime.

Directed by Nicky Neville–Jones, The Laramie Project is presented by BottledSnail Productions, a not-for-profit production company run by and for legal professionals. Established in 2013, the company has produced more than 27 creative projects with over 350 legal professionals, ranging from full scale theatre productions to lunchtime concerts. They have helped raise over $45,000 for charity, including the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation.


Seating: Allocated Seating.

Please make sure you arrive a minimum of 15 minutes prior to the performance start time. The performance has a strict ‘Lockout Policy’, latecomers will not be permitted.

Please Note: To ensure the safety and integrity of the performance, if you choose to exit the theatre during the performance you will not be permitted to re-enter.

If you require wheelchair access, please call our Box Office on 03 8290 7000.