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The Effect ()

Produced by

The Coal Mine Theatre

Playwright: Lucy Prebble
Director: Mitchell Cushman


The Coal Mine Theatre


July 9th, 2023 – July 30th, 2023


The Effect is a clinical romance. Two young volunteers, Tristan and Connie, agree to take part in a clinical drug trial. Succumbing to the gravitational pull of attraction and love, however, Tristan and Connie manage to throw the trial off-course, much to the frustration of the clinicians involved. This funny, moving and perhaps surprisingly human play explores questions of sanity, neurology and the limits of medicine, alongside ideas of fate, loyalty and the inevitability of physical attraction. (


Aris Athanasopoulos Tristan Frey
Leah Doz Connie Hall
Aviva Armour-Ostroff Dr. Lorna James
Jordan Pettle Dr. Toby Sealey

Creative Team

Lucy Prebble Playwright
Mitchell Cushman Director
Nick Blais Set Designer
Nick Blais Lighting Designer
Nick Blais Prop Designer
James Smith Sound Designer
James Smith Composer
Cindy Dzib Costume Designer
Jack Considine Projection Designer


Alannah Dzijacky Co-Head of Prop
Daniela Aguilar Co-Head of Prop
Camila Salcedo Wardrobe Assistant
Eloise Ballou Psychiatry and Mental Health Consultant
Aria Evans Intimacy Coordinator
Matt Richardson Fight Director
Jeff Soucy Stage Manager
Scotia Cox Assistant Stage Manager
Leighton Smith Production Manager
Wes Babcock Technical Director
Wes Babcock Co-Production Supervisor
Crystal Lee Co-Production Supervisor
Susanna Feng Scenic Painter
Kira Duff Assistant Painter
Taylor Cole Crew
Lochlan Cox Crew
Mike Dowdell Crew
Collin Foster Crew
Andrew Johnston Crew
Ian Kelly Crew
Elio Legault Crew
Arni Oloto Crew
Kim Schaedlich Crew
Liam Wallner Crew