A play about the dark arts of manipulating the message.



For decades, the tobacco industry has been forced to duck the scientific consensus, dodge regulation, and pioneer ever more sophisticated marketing techniques as their industry (and their most loyal customers) have been choked to death. At a defining moment in history - though few of us knew it - those trade secrets were passed on to fossil fuel companies facing similar challenges on a global scale.


Delay, diminish, muddy the facts, and get the people that matter on your side - and there’s no telling how long you can keep mining, drilling and fracking for more.


Smokescreen imagines a clandestine meeting between two advertising execs, as they sow the seeds for the fake news culture of the 21st century.

Presented by Bare Witness Theatre Co. and supported by The Q as part of the 'Q - The Locals' season.

Smokescreen was written with the support of artsACT Homefront funding, during a residency at Belconnen Arts Centre in 2020.


2 - 5 February 2022, 8pm

Tickets $50/45/30/25 via The Q

The Q

253 Crawford St

Queanbeyan NSW 2620




Christopher Samuel Carroll


Christopher Samuel Carroll

Damon Baudin

Lighting Designer

Antony Hateley


Jane Duong

Supported by artsACT and Belconnen Arts Centre.

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