Picnic At Hanging Rock by Tom Wright adapted from Joan Lindsay’s novel
About the Play
Tom Wright’s adaptation of the classic novel is sure to excite and perplex a whole new generation, proving once again that no one can resist the lure of Hanging Rock.
Australia, 1900. An ancient land becomes the site of an impossible mystery. A group of schoolgirls and their teachers venture out into the sundrenched landscape, only for four of their number to disappear forever.
The subsequent investigation creates more questions than answers. One of the girls is found with no memory of what happened to her or her classmates, another succumbs to hysteria for no apparent reason. Those close to the missing girls begin to meet with unfortunate ends and it becomes clear that this is no ordinary disappearance.
Matthew Lutton, award-winning director and former Associate Director of Black Swan, returns to the company in its 25th year to direct this seminal Australian story, a thrilling new co-production with Malthouse Theatre.
Co-production with Malthouse Theatre
Duration: 90 mins [no interval]. Latecomers will be allowed entrance 12 minutes into the production. There is a complete lockout after that latecomer point; patrons can exit but cannot re-enter.
FILM AWARDS & HONOURS
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ AWGIE AWARD WINNER FOR FEATURE FILM (1976)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ BAFTA FILM AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (1977)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ SATURN AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (1979)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 7 AFI AWARD NOMINATIONS
The programme is available for download here. Please note some images may appear blurry. Programmes are available for purchase from the State Theatre Centre foyers for $5.00.
Cast & Creatives
5 stars out of 5! "A heart stopping experience which left me not only on the edge of my seat, but sometimes jumping out of it...It will leave you speechless and craving more." Perth Now
4 stars out of 5! "...Impressive theatrical inventiveness and formal, though often harsh, beauty. The achievement of the production is the transformation of Lindsay’s faux-historicity and the soft-focused erotic mystery of Weir’s film into an all-stops-out horror story." The West Australian
"Picnic at Hanging Rock was refreshingly terrifying, perfectly composed and the right amount of creepy. Must see! Fab female cast!" Magdalena, patron
"Absolutely amazing performance, very well done and at times extremely frightening! Well worth seeing" Denise, patron