Never Did Me Any Harm

Co-produced by Force Majeure and Sydney Theatre Company.

Never before have parents been under such pressure when it comes to raising children. Is the pressure to get it right overwhelming us? And what is ‘good parenting’ anyway? Are children today given too much choice? Too few boundaries? Less chance to take risks?

Drawing inspiration from real-life interviews, award-winning director and choreographer Kate Champion explores contemporary attitudes to raising children in this provocative dance theatre work.

Using a distinctive language of dance, images and text, Force Majeure and Sydney Theatre Company have created an emotional, humorous and insightful work that cannot fail to resonate with all who were once children.

“Candid, controversial and very clever theatre.” – Concrete Playground

Creative Team

Co-produced by Force Majeure and Sydney Theatre Company
Devised by Force Majeure
Director Kate Champion
Set & Lighting Designer Geoff Cobham
Composer & Sound Designer Max Lyandvert
Dramaturg Andrew Upton
Associate Director Roz Hervey
Assistant Director Geordie Brookman
Audio Visual & Assistant Lighting Designer Chris Petridis
Choreography The Company
With Marlo Benjamin, Kristina Chan, Alan Flower, Tracy Mann, Josh Mu, Veronica Neave, Timothy Ohl

Touring History

Premiered at Sydney Festival, 6 January – 12 February 2012
Adelaide Festival, 2 – 18 March 2012
Melbourne Festival, 9 – 13 October 2012
The Joan, Penrith NSW, 10 August 2016
Merrigong Theatre Company, Illawarra NSW, 12 – 13 August 2016
Glen Street Theatre, Belrose NSW, 17 – 20 August 2016
Civic Theatre, Wagga Wagga NSW, 24 August 2016
Orange Civic Theatre, Orange NSW, 27 August 2016
Ulumburra Theatre, Bendigo Vic, 31 August 2016
Gasworks Art Park, Albert Park Vic, 3 September 2016
Theatre Royal, Hobart Tas, 8 – 9 September 2016
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Mandurah WA, 17 September 2016

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, and by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals, Sydney Festival, Adelaide Festival and Melbourne International Arts Festival. Force Majeure is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council and Arts NSW.

Photo: Lisa Tomasetti


Never Did Me Any Harm

“…Never Did Me Any Harm makes you laugh, cringe and possibly even cry"
Jill Sykes, Sydney Morning Herald Read More

“Go to be thrilled, entertained and emotionally engaged and you won’t be disappointed”
Diana Simmonds,Stage Noise Read More

“Candid, controversial and very clever theatre”
Hilary Simmons, Concrete Playground Read More

Photos: Lisa Tomasetti