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The Secret River

A Sydney Theatre Company Production

by Kate Grenville
adapted for the stage by Andrew Bovell

From 22 Aug | 20 performances only
Running Time: tbc

5 star rating

A story that needs to be told

Time Out Sydney
4 star rating

Extraordinary theatre laced with enchantment and truth

The Sydney Morning Herald
4 star rating

A stunning, shattering piece of theatre that goes to the heart of Australian history

Sunday Telegraph (Australia)

The Secret River

‘A stunning and shattering piece of theatre.’
Sunday Telegraph (Australia)

A deeply moving and unflinching journey into Australia’s dark history. Adapted from Kate Grenville’s acclaimed novel, this multi-award-winning production from Sydney Theatre Company tells the story of two families divided by culture and land. 

William Thornhill arrives in New South Wales a convict from the slums of London. Upon earning his pardon he discovers that this new world offers something he didn’t dare dream of: a place to call his own. But as he plants a crop and lays claim to the soil on the banks of the Hawkesbury River, he finds that this land is not his to take. Its ancient custodians are the Dharug people. 

‘Astonishingly beautiful… deeply affecting. Essential viewing.’
Sun Herald

Neil Armfield directs a large ensemble cast, with live music by composer Iain Grandage. This hauntingly poetic production was conceived in collaboration with Aboriginal artists and is performed in Dharug as well as English.

This production is playing at the Edinburgh International Festival from 2 – 11 August.

 

Talks and events

Director Neil Armfield on The Secret River Wed 28 Aug, 5.45pm

 

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The Secret River 2019 tour is supported by Ian Narev & Frances Allan, Gretel Packer and commissioning patrons Catriona Mordant AM & Simon Mordant AM and David Gonski AC & Orli Wargon OAM.

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

The Secret River | Bringing Australian history to the stage

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The Secret River ticket prices and Access performances

Ticket prices

Monday - Thursday eves, all matinees
*£86, £66, £57, £46, £32, £15
Friday & Saturday eves
*£89, £69, £60, £52, £35, £18

Access Performances

Audio-described performances, for blind and visually impaired people:
Fri 6 September, 7pm
Sat 7 September, 1pm preceded by a Touch Tour

Captioned performances, for deaf or hard-of-hearing people:
Mon 2 September, 7pm
Wed 4 September, 1pm

 

*Some of the best seats in the house are premium priced. They help to ensure we can continue to offer low price seats for all our productions; the National Theatre is a charity and only 17% government-funded. This year nearly 30% of our tickets are available for £20 or less.

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Cast

Sal Thornhill
Georgia Adamson
Dan Oldfield
Joshua Brennan
Ngalamalum
Shaka Cook
Wangarra/Branyimala
Marcus Corowa
William Thornhill
Nathaniel Dean
Mrs Herring
Melissa Jaffer
Buryia
Elma Kris
Dhirrumbin/Dulla Djin
Ningali Lawford-Wolf
Thomas Blackwell
Colin Moody
Smasher Sullivan
Jeremy Sims
Loveday
Bruce Spence
Sagitty Birtles/Suckling/Turnkey
Matthew Sunderland
Gilyagan/Muruli
Dubs Yunupingu

Production team

Image (Ningali Lawford-Wolf) from the Australian production © Tom Huntley, The Advertiser

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