World premiere of a delicious new Australian play, at a brand new Sydney Live Theatre venue. Vivid reinvention of a “classic trope”, GIVING UP THE GHOST delights again and again, providing an sublime and entertaining comedy take on life after death, but GIVING UP THE GHOST also has the underlying theme of euthanasia.



GIVING UP THE GHOST allows the audience to consider a world of new possibilities, to imagine placing ourselves in the place of these characters. We are being given the opportunity to reinvent our moral values, and find deeper meaning in living our lives.


Happy 40-years of marriage, deceased husband Ben (Chris Orchard) is being mourned by wife Lana (Elaine Hudson) when her husband’s ghost appears and talks only with his wife. Daughter Gemma (Madeleine Withington) has chosen to marry boyfriend Jason (Andrew Wang) and arriving directly from the as yet unburied coffin, her ghostly father does not approve. Dad has unfinished business, and goes out of his way to ensure that his daughter makes the correct choices and turns her life around, to have the lifestyle/occupation that his daughter needs to have.


Starring: Elaine Hudson, Chris Orchard, Madeleine Withington, Andrew Wang    – – –   Playwright/director: Rivka Hartman
Pop Up Theatre presents GIVING UP THE GHOST by Rivka Hartman.


8pm Wed-Thu-Fri, 2pm and 8pm Sat – from 17th October until 3rd November 2018.    Duration 80 minutes with no interval.
FREE seminar on EUTHANASIA at 4pm immediately after the 2pm matinee on 3rd November 2018.



Limelight on Oxford, 231 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst.


An array of enticing entertainment and events, accompanied by tasty food and tantalising drinks. Beautiful old three level terrace, LIMELIGHT ON OXFORD  has a bar and eatery on the ground floor (which also operates as a Café during performance days) and Level One is a lounge bar. Both floors can host live music, cabaret, comedy and private functions   (closed Sundays, Mondays).   The  LIMELIGHT ROOM  on Level Two is a boutique and very intimate black box performance space, comfortably seating 48 for live theatre events.


What happens if I’m running late?   Due to the layout of the space, unfortunately if you arrive after the doors have closed for the start of the show, you will not be able enter until after interval (if there is one). There are no refunds or exchanges available for latecomers.