In 2016, State Theatre Company will play on stages across South Australia, around the country and, for the first time ever, in London. The 2016 season sees 6 co-productions amongst the 10 show season, reaffirming the Company’s position as a major player in the national theatre sphere and nurturing a new relationship with leading UK company Frantic Assembly.
Two years of development with Frantic Assembly will come to fruition in 2016, taking State Theatre Company to London with the world premiere of Things I Know To Be True, a new work by leading Australian playwright Andrew Bovell.
Artistic Director Geordie Brookman said “The 2016 Season is one of our strongest yet. It retains the Company’s commitment to new Australian writing and our South Australian artists as well as bringing some of the best of the best from around the country to create work right here in Adelaide.”
The 2016 season sees the Company work with some of Australia’s leading artists. Gold Logie award-winning actress Lisa McCune will make her State Theatre Company debut in Machu Picchu. Catherine McClements will return to the Company to star in The Events, and the magnetic Paul Capsis will return after his critically acclaimed performance in the 2014 production Little Bird. State Theatre Company local favourites Paul Blackwell and Nathan O’Keefe grace the stage in 2016, along with exciting emerging talents Tilda Cobham-Hervey (52 Tuesdays and One Eyed Girl) and James Smith (Volpone).
The season opens with a co-production with Belvoir Theatre and Malthouse Theatre , The Events, starring Catherine McClements, which will premiere at the Sydney Festival in January. It will then feature as part of the Adelaide Festival before returning to Sydney for a Belvoir season and on to Melbourne to close its Australian tour at Malthouse.
Building on a strong relationship with Australia’s largest theatre company is a brand new Australian play, Machu Picchu that will be co-produced with Sydney Theatre Company. Sue Smith’s perceptive new work, starring Lisa McCune, will open in Sydney before transferring to the Dunstan Playhouse for an Adelaide season.
State Theatre Company will partner with Queensland’s La Boite Theatre Company for the first time to bring New York playwright Young Jean Lee’s razor sharp Straight White Men to the Australian stage for the first time.
Artistic Director Geordie Brookman said, “The diversity and depth of our local theatre sector is something we love to celebrate, and we’re delighted that in 2016 we’ll get to play with a number of South Australia’s best and brightest companies.”
Tartuffe will see the Company team up with Brink Productions and Rumpelstiltskin revives the Company’s highly successful partnership with with Windmill Theatre. The Company will also collaborate closely with Country Arts SA to tour both The Red Cross Letters and its Education production Gorgon to regional South Australia.
“With something to delight every theatrical tastebud the 2016 year will see the Company traverse the stages of Australia while also touring to London for the first time. I hope it once again puts theatre at the heart of cultural activity in South Australia.” Geordie Brookman said.
In the last three years, State Theatre Company has become a major player on the national theatre scene, regularly exporting its productions around the country, co-producing with companies interstate and touring within regional South Australia.
CEO and Producer Rob Brookman said extending the life of works maximises the significant creative and financial investment that we put into every one of the Company’s productions.
“Not only do co-productions bring new energy to creative collaborations, they also provide fantastic opportunities for South Australian artists to strut their stuff on the national stage and very significantly extends periods of employment for our fine cohort of actors, directors, and designers, making it more viable for them to continue to live and work in South Australia.” Rob Brookman said.
State Theatre Company productions have, in the last few years, played in every State and Territory in Australia as well as on Broadway with Pinocchio, our co-production with Windmill Theatre. The Company’s touring strategy flies its flag across the country, joins us to the national theatre conversation and also has a number of very practical benefits to the Company, its artists and the wider South Australian theatre community.