The Blood Votes

The Blood Votes, a new play by Michael Futcher (A Beautiful Life, The Drowning Bride) brings to life the divisive and at times violent conscription debates of 1916 and 1917. It asks us to consider enforced participation in war through the eyes of mothers, sons, serving soldiers, workers on the home front, and religious and political groups.

Two referendum questions were narrowly voted down by the Australian public. The vivid debate that accompanied the votes brought important issues of "home front" life into dramatic focus: the essential character of the conflict, the nature of citizenship and public duty, government and democracy in war time, and the dreadful personal toll of the 'Great War' that was then entering its third year.

The Blood Votes is made possible through a partnership between QSE and the University of Queensland Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and funding from the Queensland Government.


  • Season: 7-11 Nov 2018 (Wed-Sun)
  • Matinée: Sun 11 Nov 2018
  • Venue: Holy Trinity Parish Hall*, Church Street, Fortitude Valley
    *Please note this beautiful old hall is not air-conditioned, we encourage patrons to dress accordingly
  • Times: Evening shows at 7:30pm, Matinée at 2pm
Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Nov 7 2018

Nov 8 2018

12noon (school groups only)

Nov 9 2018

Nov 10 2018

Nov 11 2018



  • Full: $35
  • Concession: $28 *
  • Group Discount (10+): $28

* Concessions are for full-time students, pensioners, health care card holders, MEAA card holders, 4ZZZ subscriber card holders, and Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble 2018 (Financial) members. Concession patrons should bring their concession ID/card when collecting tickets.

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Cast and Crew

  • Director: Rob Pensalfini
  • Assistant Director: Kat Dekker
  • Writer: Michael Futcher
  • Production Manager: Kylii Davies
  • Stage Manager: Josie Dodson
  • Cast: Matthew Filkins, Ellen Hardisty, Liliana Macarone, Frances Marrington, Rebecca Murphy, Paige Poulier, Dudley Powell, Silvan Rus