PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK

ADAPTED BY TOM WRIGHT
FROM THE NOVEL BY JOAN LINDSAY

 

17 NOVEMBER – 19 DECEMBER 2020

 

 

 

A SYDNEY PREMIERE

 

“Everything begins and ends at exactly the right place and time” 

On a blistering summer’s day in 1900, three private school girls and their teacher vanish while on a day-trip to Hanging Rock in country Victoria. It was supposed to be a Valentine’s Day treat. They were meant to be home for dinner. They are never seen again.

Joan Lindsay’s historical fiction took the theme of the child lost in the bush that has haunted the Australian psyche for generations and wove it into a compelling supernatural mystery. In this chilling theatrical adaptation, five young female performers recount the story and the struggle to make sense of what happened, exploring the euphoria and terror which reverberates through a tight-knit rural community faced with a frightening chain of inexplicable events.

Whether you’re a fan of the novel, or Peter Weir’s iconic 1975 film, or coming new to the tale, you’ll be left transfixed by a dramatic journey that plunges us to the depths of our most primal fears.

Tom Wright’s acclaimed adaptation was first seen at Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne in 2016, where it had a sell-out season, before touring to Edinburgh and then London. New Theatre is excited to be presenting the Sydney public premiere of this evocative gothic thriller.

“Well, it was written as a mystery and it remains a mystery. If you can draw your own conclusions, that’s fine, but I don’t think that it matters. I wrote that book as a sort of atmosphere of a place, and it was like dropping a stone into the water. I felt that story, if you call it a story—that the thing that happened on St. Valentine’s Day went on spreading, out and out and out, in circles.” Joan Lindsay

“A surreal and subversive take on this Aussie classic” Limelight Magazine

Creative team

Director Sahn Millington
Set Designer Victor Kalka
Costume Designer Leela Landers
Lighting Designer Louise Mason
Sound Designer Patrick Howard
Composer Georgia Condon
Assistant Director Caitlin Andrews
Stage Manager Doug Cairns
Operators Emma Johnston, Ricci Costa
Dialect Coach Benjamin Purser

 

dates & times

Preview Tuesday 17 November 7:30pm
Press Night Wednesday 18 November 7:30pm
Wednesday – Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 5pm
Final performance Saturday 19 December 2pm

 

 

 

Cast

Megan Bennetts, Alice Birbara
Alana Birtles, Audrey Blyde
Sarah Jane Kelly

 

 

 

 

tickets

Full $35
Concessions, Groups (6+) $30
New Theatre Members $22
School Groups $22 (one teacher free per 10 students)
Previews, Thrifty Thursdays $20

 

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