Artistic Director Geordie Brookman takes his leave of State Theatre South Australia after seven years at the helm by staging a one-man adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm. It’s been created especially for actor Renato Musolino, who’ll bring the pungent satire to life by taking on more than 20 characters.

Animal Farm‘s Renato Musolino. Photo © James Hartley

An all-female reimagining of David Williamson’s classic play The Club hits the stage in April. It comes to Adelaide after an initial run at the Downstairs Theatre, Belvoir, where it will be presented in a small-scale version. From all-female theatre company isthisyours?, The Club will be directed by Tessa Leong and stars Louise Mignone and Ellen Steele.

The Club‘s Louisa Mignone. Photo © James Hartley

It’s followed by Hydra, a co-production with Queensland Theatre from award-winning playwright Sue Smith. Directed by Sam Strong and starring Nathan O’Keefe and Anna McGahan, it’s a sweeping drama about the relationship between two of Australia’s literary icons, George Johnston and Charmian Clift.

Then in May, musical theatre star Helen Dallimore stars in Peter Quilter’s End of the Rainbow. A musical bio-play about Judy Garland’s final days, it features nine of her most famous songs. Directed by resident artist Elena Carapetis, the show also headlines the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

End of the Rainbow‘s Helen Dallimore. Photo © James Hartley

Arthur Miller’s classic play A View from the Bridge is having its moment in the sun, with two separate productions to be seen in Sydney and Melbourne next year. Kate Champion returns to the company to direct, with Mark Saturno set to star as the troubled Eddie Carbone.

Next up is Kate Mulvany’s beloved adaptation of Craig Silvey’s novel Jasper Jones. Having been seen around the country, it arrives in Adelaide in a production headed by Nescha Jelk. The cast includes Elijah Valadian-Wilson.

Back after a smash hit season in 2016, The 39 Steps reunites its original cast (Nathan Page, Anna Steen, Charles Mayer and Tim Overton) for a rollicking good time. This farcical murder mystery adapted by Patrick Barlow from Hitchcok’s noir thriller was seen earlier this year in Queensland.

The season comes to a close with Nakkiah Lui’s smash-hit comedy Black is the New White. Having had a return season at Sydney Theatre Company earlier this year, Adelaide audiences will finally get the opportunity to witness her biting insight into contemporary race relations and class politics.

Nakkiah Lui. Photo © James Hartley

“The 2019 season brings together all the exciting elements that we’ve been working so hard on at State Theatre Company over the last few years,” Brookman says. “The year bristles with the power and joy of pure storytelling and I hope it transports and delights thousands of South Australians throughout the year to come.”

“My time at State Theatre Company has been a dream come true,” he added. “To lead and shape what I believe is the best theatre company in Australia has been a rare privilege. Over the last six years we have taken South Australian work all around the country and all around the world, while continuing to deliver year round, boundary-pushing theatre to Adelaide audiences. There is an exciting and courageous new generation of artists waiting to take the reins and I for one can’t wait to see what they might do.”


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