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Great Detectives


Great Detectives is a loving theatrical tribute to the 1950s radio detective serials broadcast from the USA. Combining mystery, intrigue and comedy, the characters of Candy Matson and Johnny Dollar have embarked on numerous cases and found their way into the hearts of Australian audiences of all ages.

Inspired by actual radio serials and adapted or rewritten by Benjamin Maio Mackay, over the last 10 years the Great Detectives franchise has presented 6 unique mysteries. In 2024 Great Detectives makes its long awaited return to the stage with two new thrilling and hysterical tales.


"Superlative performances" - Glam Adelaide


“A fabulous show” The Clothesline


“A performance not to be missed” Theatre Now

★★★★ - The Barefoot Review

★★★★ - The Advertiser

★★★★ - SamAboutTown

Great Detectives was nominated for 7 Broadway World Sydney Theatre Awards in 2016:

Best Play

Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Benjamin Maio Mackay)

Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Eden Trebilco)

Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (Julia Sciacca)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Play (Jennifer Barry)

Best Director of a Play (Benjamin Maio Mackay)

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