Siren Theatre Co and Critical Stages Touring

Written by: Noëlle Janaczewska
Producer & Director: Kate Gaul
Performed by: Jane Phegan
Composer: Nate Edmondson
Co-Composer & Sound Designer: Kaitlyn Crocker
Production Design: Soham Apte
Lighting Design: Becky Russell
Movement Consultant: Kate Champion
Assistant Director: Hayden Tonazzi
Prop Maker: Isabel De Laurentis
Hero Image Photographer: Lauren Orrell
Production Images: Clare Hawley (Asparay Photography)
Hero Image Hair & Makeup: Natalia Ladyko

A beautiful new solo performance production from the same team that produced the hit show Good With Maps


What’s happening to winter? In hot, bushfire-prone Australia our winters are becoming warmer and shorter. Will climate change eventually erase the season, leaving it to exist only in paintings, fairytales and historical accounts? The End of Winter is about loss and resilience. It’s about the places the writer goes in search of the cold weather she loves—places she can reach via public transport and the imagination.

The End of Winter was originally developed with the assistance of Critical Stages Touring as part of the #ActOnClimate Showcase. This production is supported by Griffin Theatre Company, Critical Stages Touring, and the NSW Government through Create NSW, it’s arts funding and advisory body.

2022 Sydney Theatre Awards – Winner
Best Performer in a Leading Role in an Independent Production – Jane Phegan

2023 Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting (NSW Premier Literary Awards – Shortlisted

Available to Tour

2023 / 2024


Drama, Solo Performance




55 minutes, no interval

Venue Format

Theatre, Civic/Cultural Centre, Black Box, Town Hall

What They’re Saying

★★★★1/2 – “With a soft-hand stewardship by Gaul, it’s a show which fascinates the onlooker into small wonders… As crisp and clear as a frosty night, it is a theatrical experience of bone-warming depth and of hope. ” Reviews by Judith

★★★★ – “The “performance essay-cum-monologue” is beautifully realised by Jane Phegan. Her clear-eyed calm and gentle humour undercut the ferocious messages and discoveries revealed in less than an hour of intense and engrossing mind travel. The End of Winter is often enlightening, often sobering, and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny.” Stage Noise

“Directed with light touch by Kate Gaul, it is one woman’s cerebral, deeply personal, eco-poetic odyssey… Sitting next to each other… we participate in a shared mourning, and perhaps a shared hope.”  Kate Pendergast, Audrey Journal

“An elegy for the romance of cold and for the imminent loss of seasons…” Cassie Tongue, SMH

Assistant Director Hayden Tonazzi writes for Audrey Journal

Judith Greenaway Interview with Director Kate Gaul

2023 Performance Dates

About Kate & Noëlle

Noëlle Janaczewska – WRITER

Noëlle is the recipient of numerous awards, most notably Yale University’s Windham Campbell Prize in 2014, which recognised her body of dramatic writing. In Australia, her plays have won the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award (Mrs Petrov’s Shoe), the Playbox-Asialink Playwriting Competition and the Griffin Award (Songket). Her radio plays have received 8 AWGIE Awards, most recently for the nonfiction features Seoul City Sue and My Life in Cookbooks and the drama Random Red. Seoul City Sue was shortlisted for the 2019 Betty Roland Prize for Screenwriting at the NSW Premier’s Awards. Noelle’s radio play Experiment St was released on Radio National in late 2019. Other works include Good With Maps, Teacup in a Storm, The History of the Single Girl, The Other Polish Explorer, Playing Awkward,Third Person. Noëlle is a graduate of Oxford and London Universities, with a doctorate from the University of Technology, Sydney, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Queensland. www.noelle-janaczewska.com


Kate Gaul is a theatre and opera director, creative producer, festival director, and designer based in Sydney, NSW. She is a graduate of NIDA (Directing 1996) and Artistic Director of Siren Theatre Co. Kate undertook a residency with SITI Company (NYC) and was Associate Director at Ensemble Theatre.

Kate has established herself as a distinctive and inventive director, with directing credits including plays, opera, physical theatre, devised works, and classics for theatre companies and schools in Australia. She is Artistic Director of Siren Theatre Co where her passion is for text-based drama challenges artists and audiences to have bold imaginative experiences.

Kate has also directed festivals (World Interplay, Playlist, Invisible Circus, Cabaret, and Short Play Festivals), and the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade. www.kategaul.com

Design Team

Sohame Apte – DESIGNER

Soham Apte (he/him) is a Sydney-based production and costume designer, currently in his final year at NIDA studying Design for Performance (BFA 2021). He is of Indian heritage and grew up in Dubai, before moving to Sydney. His interests lie in designing for theatre, films, and music videos. In his most recent work, Soham designed the set for a live-cinema adaptation of Frans Kafka’s ‘Metamorphosis’ which opened at NIDA in June.

Nate Edmondson – COMPOSER

Nate is an international, multi-award winning composer, sound designer, musical director, and occasional video designer for film, television, radio, advertising and stage. Nate originally trained as a classical and jazz trombonist, and pianist, in addition to fronting several bands as a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter, and arranger. He is also a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), where he trained under the mentorship of some of Australia’s finest musicians and sound designers. Currently based in NYC, Nate has worked extensively in the theatre and live events industries for the past twelve years, and his detailed music scores and sound designs can regularly be heard on stages around the world. Locally, he has created work for some of Australia’s premier theatre and dance companies, and arts festivals, with much of his work touring both nationally and internationally. www.nate-edmondson.com


Becky is a theatre and events professional with extensive experience in artistic, technical and project direction. She has focused her career in regional Australia, working on countless productions, festivals and community projects in a variety of roles including; artistic director, project director, event mentor, as well as providing technical and production support for regional artists and communities. Most recently: Lighting designer H.M.S Pinafore (Siren Theatre Co) and director: Kangaroo (BMEC) www.productionart.com.au

About Jane Phegan

Jane graduated from University of Sydney and Theatre Nepean. Recent theatre credits include Letters to Lindy (Merrigong Theatre Co), The Ham Funeral and The Trouble With Harry (Siren Theatre Co), Good People (Ensemble Theatre), Beautiful One Day (Belvoir/Ilbijerri/ version1.0), Rupert (Daniel Sparrow/MTC/Theatre Royal), Honchos Meeting in Cowra (Rinkogun Theatre, Tokyo), Small Hard Things (TRS), Angels in America (Riverside).

Jane has toured many shows nationally and internationally, voiced radio plays for ABC and Eastside and worked on several new scripts with Playwriting Australia. For those who can tell no tales (Dir: Jasmila Zbanic) premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013 and Jane was awarded Best Female Lead at the Sydney Indie Film Festival for Entailment (Dir: Cam Smeal). From 2005-14, Jane devised and performed in all of version 1.0’s major works including The Table of Knowledge, THIS KIND OF RUCKUS (Helpmann Award, Best Physical/Visual Theatre) and Deeply Offensive & Utterly Untrue (Drover Award, Best Touring Show). For Siren Theatre Co: Good With Maps, The Ham Funeral, The Trouble With Harry, Good With Maps, As You Like It, Fox, The New Electric Ballroom.