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Something about the family for the whole family
2016 is the season for families, in more ways than one. Great acts and family specific stories bring the concept of family and giving on to the big stage, while great performers encourage all members of the family to come out an enjoy a special day or two of theatre at one or more of these ten special productions during 2016.
The Australian premiere of David Greig's The Events kicks off the 2016 season. Starring the extraordinary Catherine McClements, this story of a Priest who survives a massacre before following a community's search for compassion, peace and understanding in the wake of unthinkable violence.
Lisa McCune returns to the big stage in this funny and moving play about a couple learning to love again in the face of adversity. Machu Picchu is a story of two civil engineers who survive a horrifying car accident, but see their lives changed forever.
In this short season at the Space Theatre, Elena Carapetis debuts with the story of Gorgon. Two invulnerable friends experience an unthinkable tragedy which in turns creates a tricky dividing line between friendship and love, anger and grief, and adolescence to adulthood.
The Price family had it all with a next of kids, a quarter acre block and a rose garden. But as time passes, the kids leave home, and the story becomes dark and difficult dealing with things that are known to be true. Tugging at your heart strings, the blend of complexity, richness, resolution and meaning in this World premiere is sure to please the entire audience at the Dunstan Playhouse.
Straight White Men is a deliciously bent sit-com that brilliantly interrogates cultural privilege from one of America's most exciting theatre makers. Featuring the irrepressible Roger Newcombe, this production starts its Australian season in Adelaide prior to being transferred to the Roundhouse in Brisbane.
The Red Cross Letters is based on a collection of recently digitised letters that have been held at State Library of SA for over 96 years. Some 8,000 case files were reviewed for letters sent to the SA Red Cross Information Bureau during World War One by Australians seeking news of their loved ones on the front, and their replies.
Adapted from the Alfred Hitchcock movie, the debonair Richard Hannay is pulled into a web of intrigue and deceit after attending a vaudeville show. Pursued by shadowy types and entranced by femme fatales, Hannay must solve the mystery of The 39 Steps and save his skin before it is too late.
A woman, man and a girl feature in this deeply moving exploration of miscommunication from one of Australia's rising playwrights, Tom Holloway, called Red Sky Morning. Over the course of a single day these three voices from one family intertwine to tall a story of isolation in regional Australia.
A long time family favourite, Rumpelstiltskin returns to the Dunstan Playhouse in October. The exquisitely mercurial Paul Capsis stars as one of folklore's great villains in this deliciously wicked spin on a dark and devilish tale from the creators of Pinocchio.
Book-ending the 2016 season is a cute comedy about self serving, truth denying, power seeking hypocrites that never gets old. Starring Nathan O'Keefe, Tartuffe is one of the greatest satirical rebukes to religious hypocrisy and false piety in the theatre.
The State Theatre Company arranges productions at the Dunstan Playhouse, Space Theatre, Her Majesty's Theatre and the Bakehouse Theatre. Further details and ticket information is available on each of the weblinks above, or from the State Theatre Company website. And for the latest information and updates, don't forget to follow them on their facebook page.