The Hatpin

By James Millar & Peter Rutherford

!Book Tickets


3 – 6 August 2016

Wed – Sat 7:30pm


Venue: King Street Theatre
Theatre Company: MUSE in association with EMU Productions

The Sydney Univeristy Musical Society (MUSE) are proud to present The Hatpin, inspired by the true story of Amber Murray who in 1892 gave up her son to the Makin family in Sydney, Australia.

The Hatpin tells story of a single mother, Amber Murray, who advertised her baby in a newspaper trading column in the hope of saving his life…and ended up embroiled in one of the most captivating, moving and exciting criminal trials in Australian history.

Using the moral support she gains from her friendship with the free spirited Harriet Piper, Amber fights all the injustices of circumstance and tragedy to find hope. A moving and hopeful story about friendship and courage. Dealing with motherhood, poverty and the resilience of women thriving under extraordinary pressures, this show looks at the public’s judgment of private choice, the power of self-liberty and the notion of “care”.

This case of Amber Murray vs. The Makins was influential in bringing about awareness in society of the need for welfare for single-mothers and the demand for a review of the Australian Child Protection Act.

Ticket Prices:

Ticket prices

Adult – $25

Student/Concession – $20

Access Members – $15

Transaction fees may apply