Picnic at Hanging Rock (2017)


Oct 14th to 21st 2017

Written by Tom Wright

Directed by Lucy Hayton

Valentine's Day.  1900.  A group of teenage boarding school girls visit the "Hanging Rock" for a picnic.

In baking outback heat (and in defiance of warnings from their headmistress) four of the group break free to climb the rock face.  Not all of them return.

This is the chilling premise of Joan Lindsay's classic Australian mystery novel, turned into a cult film by Peter Weir in 1975.  Tom Wright's brilliant 2016 stage adaptation tells the terrifying story with just five actors.  We see them first as modern girls in a private school.  But, as the girls delve deeper into the battle between humanity and the natural world, they bring all the story's characters to startling life.

The result?  A visceral telling of the classic mystery story: and a thrilling evening of fast-paced, high-voltage theatre.

“A show with volcanic power . . .  This retelling of the Joan Lindsay cult classic proves the book’s theme remains relevant – and will terrify the pants off you” - The Guardian

"Emotion, violence and meaning bubble up like magma . . .  an evocative adaptation that finds horror not in nature, but in the civilising class".  -  The Stage