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by Matthew Banes & Tim Marriott

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Performed by Tim Marriott

with recorded contributions from the cricket world including:

David 'Bumble' Lloyd

Ed Cowan

Jonathan Rice

Robert 'Crash' Craddock

Shane Watson

Toby from 'Cricket District'


Trailer: HERE

ACA Prologue: HERE

Former professional cricketer Jack gives his team talk, but wickets fall like a ticking time bomb and the anecdotes from the ashes of his career prove less than inspirational…


As Jack pads up to be the last man in to go out and save the day, ‘Jack's Ashes’ offers a humorous insight into the mental frailties that can cloud the mind and the distractions that can lead to ruin.

WINNER - Best Theatre Award, Adelaide Fringe 23

"Must be seen to be appreciated"  

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Adelaide Review

"A compelling, pleasantly humorous performance that packed a punch for audience members from all walks of life" 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  The West Australian

"The perfect balance of humour and heart"

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ South Western Times


Developed in consultation with professional sports bodies and mental health charities, ‘Jack's Ashes’ is designed to engage through humour in order to reduce stigma and promote conversation about mental fitness.

Performances can be followed by a fire circle talk back led by a professional counsellor offering practical strategies for managing stress and anxiety.



15th Jan - HOBART

18th Jan - PERTH (WACA)

25th Jan - Bunbury Fringe

3rd Feb - SYDNEY 

10th Feb - SYDNEY


13th Feb - SYDNEY (SCG)

15th Feb - ADELAIDE (Oval)

21st Feb - BRISBANE (Gabba)

3rd to 18th March - Ayers House, Adelaide Fringe

13th April  - Questors Theatre, Ealing

20th April - Quay Theatre, Sudbury

12th May - Trinity Arts, Tunbridge Wells

22nd June - Stamford Arts Centre

JACK'S ASHES was developed with support from Arts Council England and is presented in partnership with

Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers Association.

Written by Matthew Banes & Tim Marriott

Support materials & workshops led by

Annabel Fen Marriott

Originally developed with Hannah Maxwell, Jonathan Rice & Nicholas Collett


Matthew Banes is a former professional cricketer with Durham MCCU and Kent, and is now the Director of Boarding at Cranbrook School in Sydney.

Former BBCTV sit-com star Tim Marriott (Brittas Empire) is an award winning international producer and performer,  touring in the UK and internationally with Jack, Watson, Appraisal, and PTS awareness project, ‘Shell Shock’.

Annabel Fen Marriott MAEd, DIP CBT, DIP HYP (ASCH) is an author, teacher, counsellor and therapist. A former senior teacher in secondary education, she is an Anxiety UK practitioner, currently delivering family support with  UK charity Holding Space. She is the author of a pocket book guide, Toolkit for Anxiety and  a children's book, Superbirds

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