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August 30, 2017

Daggers of the mind laid bare

Macbeth
by William Shakespeare
State Theatre Company
Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre
August 29. Tickets: $33- $61. Bookings 131 246 or online.
Duration 2 hours. No interval.
Until September 16.

“It will have blood, they say : blood will have blood.” Macbeth’s words aptly describe the grim carnage that is not just his tragedy, but a kingdom ravaged by civil war. And it is this theme which drives State Theatre Company director Geordie Brookman’s terrific new production of the ill-fated …

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July 06, 2017

Compelling update of theatrical staple

A Doll’s House
by Henrik Ibsen
A new adaptation by Elena Carapetis
State Theatre Company
Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre
July 4. Tickets: $33- $61. Bookings 131 246 or online.
Duration 2hr 40mins including interval.
Until July 22.

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“What is really wanted,“ Henrik Ibsen wrote, “is a revolution of the spirit of man.” And, in his most celebrated play, it is a woman, the unlikely hero, Nora Helmer, who wakes from a slumber and proposes a new dawn.…

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June 01, 2017

Poignant search for identity and place

Sista Girl
by Elena Carapetis and Alexis West
State Theatre Company and Yirra Yaakin
Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
May 30. Tickets: $20- $39. Bookings 131 246 or online.
Duration 75 minutes.
Until June 3.
Perth season : August 9-19. Subiaco Arts Centre.

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“Words like reconciliation and recognition are just rhetoric,” writes Yirra Yaakin artistic director, Kyle J. Morrison, “without the human understanding of each other in the process. How can we grow together…without the honest conversation of …

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April 28, 2017

The Simpsons as splendid post-apocalyptic force for re-civilisation

Mr Burns – a post-electric play
by Anne Washburn,
Score by Michael Friedman, Lyrics by Anne Washburn
State Theatre Company and Belvoir
Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
April 26. Tickets: $33- $61. Bookings 131 246 or online.
Duration 2hr 15mins with 20 min interval.
Until May 13.
Sydney season : Belvoir Upstairs Theatre May 19- June 25.

“Post-electric” are the key words in the title of Anne Washburn’s intriguingly inventive dystopia, Mr Burns. Set, we are told, in the …

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March 02, 2017

Echoes of history in the quarry

Adelaide Festival
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Echoes of history in the quarry

The Secret River
by Kate Grenville
Adapted for the stage by Andrew Bovell
A Sydney Theatre Company Production
Presented by Adelaide Festival
and State Theatre Company South Australia
Anstey Hill Quarry, Adelaide
March 2. Until March 19.

The revival, for the 2017 Adelaide Festival, of Sydney Theatre Company’s The Secret River, adapted for the stage by Andrew Bovell from the novel by Kate Grenville, has proved to be its transformation. Director …

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November 09, 2016

Extra garnish taints pure flavours of this truffle

Tartuffe
by Moliere
Adapted by Phillip Kavanagh
State Theatre Company and Brink Productions
Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre.
November 8. Tickets: $ 28 – $72.
Bookings : BASS 131246 or www.bass.net.au
Until November 20.
Duration: 2 hours 40 minutes including interval.

Moliere said that the greatest blow to vice was to expose it to laughter. In 1666 he wrote –“We can stand being reprehended, but not being mocked. We are willing to be wicked, but not ridiculous.” And so, in …

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September 12, 2016

From breakdown comes through and a restoration of communication

Red Sky Morning
by Tom Holloway
State Theatre Company of South Australia.
State Umbrella.
The Bakehouse Theatre, 255 Angas Street.
September 10. Tickets : $20 – $35.
Bookings: BASS 131246 or www.bass.net.au.
Until September 30. Duration 70 minutes, no interval.

They say Red Sky Morning is the shepherd’s warning but nobody warned The Bakehouse Theatre that it would be deluged by stormwater last Thursday and that State Theatre’s 2016 – appropriately named- Umbrella Project would have its first two previews …

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August 23, 2016

All the right steps in a hilarious, hypermanic tour de farce

The 39 Steps
Adapted by Patrick Barlow
from the movie by Alfred Hitchcock
and the novel by John Buchan
State Theatre Company of South Australia
Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre.
August 23 . Tickets: $ 28 – $72.
Bookings : BASS 131246 or www.bass.net.au
Until September 11.
Duration: 2 hours including interval.

Written in 1914 by the English novelist John Buchan as a distraction during convalescence, The 39 Steps became the enduring prototype for the fugitive thriller. Then, adapted and …

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July 11, 2016

Straight to some uncomfortable truths

Straight White Men
by Young Jean Lee
State Theatre Company of South Australia
and La Boite Theatre Company
Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre.
July 8. Tickets: $ 28 – $72.
Bookings : BASS 131246 or www.bass.net.au
Until July 23.
Duration: 90 minutes.
La Boite Theatre season: The Roundhouse, Brisbane,
July 27- August 13.

Korean-American playwright Young Jean Lee’s break-out hit, Straight White Men, has been discombobulating audiences since its debut at the New York Public Theatre in 2014, where …

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May 03, 2016

Gender duality in world of adolescent alienation

Gorgon
by Elena Carapetis
State Theatre Company
Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
May 3. Tickets : $20 – $38.
Bookings: BASS 131 246, bass.net.au
Duration : 60 minutes
Until May 7. SA Regional tour May 9–27.

“Feel …what is that… I feel…pissed off ?” asks Lee, a teenager at the end of his tether, “Yeah. Like my whole body has become a fist. I’m made of fists, all of me, ready to smash something.” In this year’s State Ed schools …

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