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The Secret River

By Kate Grenville
Adapted for the stage by Andrew Bovell
Directed by Neil Armfield

A Sydney Theatre Company Production



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  • About

    Kate Grenville’s 2005 novel The Secret River has challenged Australian readers to rethink all they were taught about the birth of their nation. Since 2013, Neil Armfield’s production of Andrew Bovell’s stage adaptation for Sydney Theatre Company earned instant standing ovations across the country along with six Helpmann awards, including Best Play, Best Direction and Best New Australian work.

    Now Adelaide audiences have the unique opportunity to see it in a brand new light, co-presented with State Theatre Company South Australia. In the tradition of Peter Brook’s legendary Conference of the Birds (1980) and The Mahabharata (1988) the 2017 remount of The Secret River has been thrillingly reconceived for the stunning natural outdoor amphitheatre setting of the Anstey Hill quarry.

    If you haven’t seen it – you must. If you have, see it again under the stars and let the rock, the earth, the warm gully winds and the voices of the bush add their solemn magic to this shattering piece of theatre.

    SUN 12 MAR UPDATE:

    Tonight’s performance of The Secret River will proceed as showers are forecast to pass by late afternoon.

    It will cold at The Quarry. Please rug up with sweater, coat, beanie, warm socks. Feel free to bring a rug.

    The site is muddy after the rain today. Please wear boots or sturdy inexpensive shoes!

    We may have to close the temporary Car Park due to slippery conditions. If this is the case, please find street parking in the Tea Tree Gully vicinity and walk to or get dropped off at the main entrance of the Anstey Hill Park. If the Car Park is closed we will run a shuttle bus from the entrance of the Park to the performance site for those with any mobility issues.

    Please allow extra time to get to the site. We suggest planning to arrive at least half an hour before the performance. There is food and drink available on-site.

    We hope that you enjoy The Secret River!

    Frequently Asked Questions
    For full details on transport, parking, facilities, weather and more, check out our FAQs here

    Festival Forum

    Don't miss the free Festival Forum, hosted by David Marr.

    When Where Guests
    Tue 7 Mar, 12.30pm The Riverbank Palais Neil Armfield AO (Director), Kate Grenville (Author) and Andrew Bovell (Playwright)


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    MFI Sydney Theatre Company State Theatre Company South Australia Tea Tree Gully Council
  • Credits

    Director Neil Armfield
    Artistic Associate Stephen Page
    Set Designer Stephen Curtis
    Costume Designer Tess Schofield
    Lighting Designer Mark Howett
    Composer Iain Grandage
    Sound Designer Steve Francis

    Cast includes Georgia Adamson, Joshua Brennan, Shaka Cook, Nathaniel Dean, Frances Djulibing, Jennifer Hagan, Ningali Lawford-Wolf, Bruce Spence and Matthew Sunderland

    A Sydney Theatre Company Production. Presented by Adelaide Festival and State Theatre Company of South Australia

    With thanks to the Secret River donor circle: Arts Projects Australia, Neil Armfield AO, Andrew Bovell and Eugenia Fragos, Rob Brookman AM and Verity Laughton, Carillo Gantner AO and Ziyin Gantner, Kate Grenville, Michael and Silvia Kantor, Naomi Milgrom AO, Claire Pfister, Maureen Ritchie, Kim Williams AM and Catherine Dovey

    Sydney Theatre Company Commissioning Patrons: David Gonski AC and Orli Wargon OAM, Catriona and Simon Mordant AM

    This project has been assisted by the Australian Government Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of International Arts Festivals Inc., Sydney Festival, Perth International Arts Festival and the Centenary of Canberra.

    MFI Sydney Theatre Company State Theatre Company South Australia Tea Tree Gully Council

    Photos Hugh Hartshorne (1); Heidrun-Lohr (2,3)

  • Learn More

    Frequently Asked Questions

    For full details on transport, parking, facilities, weather and more, check out our Frequently Asked Questions here

    Festival Forum

    Don't miss the free Festival Forum, hosted by David Marr.

    When Where Guests
    Tue 7 Mar, 12.30pm The Riverbank Palais Neil Armfield AO (Director), Kate Grenville (Author) and Andrew Bovell (Playwright)


    Reviews

    Herald Sun | Sydney Morning Herald | Limelight | Artshub

    Videos

    Watch the trailer


    Artistic Directors Neil Armfield and Rachel Healy preview The Secret River




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“The best live theatre you may see this year... Unmissable”

Herald Sun

“Not another night at the theatre, but something like a civic ritual that enacts the true history of where this society comes from”

The Sydney Morning Herald

“This great tragedy is told with such heartbreaking eloquence and humanity that there is no doubt it will become a classic of the Australian theatre”

The Australian

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