Picnic at Hanging Rock (2017)

If only I could tell you… you see, that's the worst… nobody knows what has happened

Oct 14th to 21st 2017

Written by Tom Wright

Directed by Lucy Hayton

On Valentine’s Day in 1900 a group of schoolgirls in Victoria are treated to a picnic at the “Hanging Rock”, near Mt. Macedon. Despite the heat, impractical skirts and being warned against ‘tomboy foolery’, four girls break free from the party and begin to climb the rock face. Three of them and their teacher never return.

This fast paced and panic-inducing play is a theatrical re-telling of the famous Australian novel by Joan Lindsay and 1975 cult classic film by Peter Weir. Five women narrate the events of the fateful afternoon before embodying those characters that are left to make sense of the mysterious and tragic disappearances.

The piece offers the opportunity for five strong female performers to mix a physical, ensemble playing style with period costume. It also demands an innovative lighting and sound plot that conjures the incongruity of British colonial sensibilities in the wilds of south-eastern Australia.

“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


If you would like more information about this production please contact the director via lucyhayton@hotmail.com