The Wake
22+23 Jun NSW

The Wake

An original musical about the Bruns Fishing Fleet.

An original musical that answers the question “What happened to the fishing fleet in Brunswick Heads?” This exuberant and compelling play celebrates the days when the Co-op was a much-loved meeting place at the heart of the town. Wonderful true stories told by fishermen and Co-op workers are brought to life through songs, stories, and images on the big screen.

Residents, long term holidaymakers, and tourists alike are filled with a sense of loss when they go to the marina in Brunswick Heads and see the empty shell of the buildings that once housed the vibrant Brunswick-Byron Fishermen’s Co-Op, and the wonderful seafood and the fish and chip shop. People ask, “Where has the fish and chip shop gone, and why?” and “Why aren’t there any trawlers in Brunswick Heads any more?”

Many of us have fond memories of taking friends, family, and visitors to eat fish and chips at the boat harbour. Many people still go there expecting to be able to throw vinegar-soaked chips to seagulls while they enjoy the beauty of the river and the boats. But sadly, the Co-op is closed, and the trawlers are gone.

The Wake celebrates and preserves the history of that place, and the local fishing community whose lives centred around it.

This original musical will tell stories based on research and interviews with fishermen, their families, and workers at the Co-op. Performances will involve large screen projections, professional musicians, singers and actors on stage at the iconic Brunswick Picture House. The play will celebrate the role that the fishing fleet played in our community and tell the story of why there is no longer a fleet in Brunswick Heads.

Directed by Ollie Heathwood.


Our kiosk is always open for food and drink one hour before showtime. For the bar menu and what’s on offer, please check out our Dine & Drink page.

Age restrictions: 12+
— Duration: Approximately 1 hour 15 mins.
— Doors: 20 minutes before showtime

Please note the Brunswick Picture House is located in Brunswick Heads NSW, in the Northern Rivers region (NOT in Brunswick VIC). Please select your tickets carefully as no refund or credit will be granted for errors in identifying the venue location.

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GENERAL $40 (plus booking fee)
General admission unallocated seating

CONCESSION $30 (plus booking fee) Valid concession card required and presented at door
General admission unallocated seating

YOUTH (12–17 years) $20 (plus booking fee)
General admission unallocated seating

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HOUSEMATE PRICE GENERAL $32 (plus booking fee)
General admission unallocated seating

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Event & Sessions Details:

Live Music Theatre

2 other dates:

Live Music Theatre
30 Fingal Street, Brunswick Heads, NSW, 2483 Map
Live Music Theatre
30 Fingal Street, Brunswick Heads, NSW, 2483 Map