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A story loved across generations
Following two successful sell-out seasons of Deadset Theatre Company's (DTC) debut premiere show Puberty Blues in 2017 and 2018, DTC are proud to bring their 2019 stage show The Outsiders to Adelaide audiences this July.
Based on the book by SE Hinton, this iconic coming of age story follows the lives of a teen gang in the 1960's known as 'Greasers' who are perpetually at odds with the Socs, a rival group. When a Soc member is murdered, Greasers Ponyboy and Johnny are forced into hiding. Soon the boys, along with Dallas and the other Greasers, must contend with the consequences of their violent lives.
On why they choose this play to produce, Producer and Director Zoe Muller says "The story of The Outsiders has always connected with me. It's a story of friendship through hardships and shows how domestic and gang violence effects young people. This story is loved across many generations, with the book written in the 60's and the movie being produced in the 80s". An emerging company focused on creating space for performances by young adults, Zoe continues "Students at high school are still reading this book today, and the emotional impact is still being felt all these years later. I think it is really important for this play to be brought to Adelaide, to allow all those Outsiders lovers the opportunity to witness their favourite story onstage".
Online authority for readers and book recommendations Goodreads, attributes S.E. Hinton as "one of the most popular and best known writers of young adult fiction". Just as controversy is often an indication of content with a message that resonates, Goodreads notes that "Hinton's books have been taught in some schools, and banned from others. Her novels changed the way people look at young adult literature".
Zoe, assisted by Matilda Butler, have put together a production where audiences should expect "a raw, moving play with amazing performances from a group of young actors. The Outsiders doesn't shy away from showing the physical and emotional violence that Ponyboy and his Greaser friends are faced with. It is an emotional rollercoaster that leaves you feeling grateful for the friendships and support you have around you".
Working with a cast of local talent, Muller comments "I am really excited to be bringing this production to life with a group of actors who are playing characters that are their age. It is really important to Deadset that we put on productions about intense youth issues, whilst allowing young people aged 16-24 to showcase their talents on stage. This production allows them to do just that".
DTC was founded by three passionate theatre enthusiasts Zoe Muller, Matilda Butler and Jean Collins who have all been performing on stage together since the age of nine. In seeking more opportunities to present shows on stage, their idea of creating a new amateur theatre company for young adults arose. DTC's aim is to produce shows with a focus on young adults. This in turn will give more opportunities for Adelaide's young aspiring actors to perform on stage and to showcase their talent.
The Outsiders shows at the Bakehouse Theatre, 255 Angas Street, Adelaide 9 to 13 July, 2019
Tuesday, 9 July 2019 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, 10 July 2019 - 7:30pm Thursday, 11 July 2019 - 7:30pm Friday, 12 July 2019 - 7:30pm
Saturday, 13 July 2019 - 2:00pm (matinee)
Saturday, 13 July 2019 - 7:30pm
Adults $22, Students and concession $18, Groups 10 adults $20,
Approx. Running Time: 120 Minutes including an interval.
Suitable for ages: 13
Bookings available via the Bakehouse Theatre website at www.bakehousetheatre.com/shows/outsiders