Troy Carrington, a former professional football player returns to his country town after an abrupt end to his sporting career and is persuaded to coach the hapless local footy team, the Roosters. To find enough players though he has to enlist some recent asylum seeker arrivals.

THE MERGER premiered at the 2010 Adelaide fringe before going to earn Damian Callinan his 3rd Barry Award nomination at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Since then the show has been intermittently toured throughout the country, including seasons at Sydney's Seymour Centre, Brisbane's Powerhouse & Holden Street Theatres and as well funded tours of WA, SA, Victoria & Tasmania. THE MERGER is now also an award winning feature film.

  • australian comedy
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  • 1 total
  • 1 male identifying
  • history, culturally and linguistically diverse
  • 16 to 18, 18+
  • all ages
  • Australian Script Centre




"In recognition of his ability to appeal to country audiences and create multi-layered performances, Damian was commissioned in late 2009 by Regional Arts Victoria and Vic Health to have a crack at writing a show that might subtly deal with issues of racism in regional communities. The result was 'The Merger': arguably Damian most successful show to date."



"Following the ongoing success of Callinan’s multi award nominated one man show of the same name, momentum built for it to be adapted into a screenplay. That dream became a reality after 5 years of hard toil when ‘The Merger’ was invited to be the Gala Centrepiece at the 2018 Melbourne International Film Festival ahead of its Australian theatrical release in September."

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