Based on the novel by Craig Silvey
Adapted by Kate Mulvany
Director Anne-Louise Sarks
Set Designer Michael Hankin
Costume Designer Mel Page
Lighting Designer Matt Scott
Assistant Lighting Designer Daniel Anderson
Composer & Sound Designer Steve Toulmin
Fight Choreographer Scott Witt
Choreographer Sara Black
Cultural Consultant Jada Alberts
The backblocks of Western Australia. It’s summer, 1965. Overseas there’s war in Indochina, Civil Rights marches, the stirrings of women’s liberation – but at home Charlie Bucktin dreams of writing the Great Australian Novel.
Charlie’s 13 and smart. Perhaps too smart. But when blamed-for-everything Jasper Jones appears at his window one night, Charlie’s out of his depth. Jasper has stumbled upon a terrible crime in the scrub nearby, and he knows he’s the first suspect – that goes with the colour of his skin. He needs every ounce of Charlie’s bookish brain if the truth is to emerge before the town turns on Jasper.
As the boys negotiate the secrets of a small town, the winds of change blow… But how do teenage Australians solve the riddles of a changing world?
Kate Mulvany’s adaptation of Craig Silvey’s award-winning novel is like Dorothy Hewett riffing on Harper Lee. It’s funny and it’s wise. Mulvany collaborated with director Anne-Louise Sarks on their astonishing production of Medea in 2012; this production sees them reunited. Sarks and Mulvany have just returned from London where Medea enjoyed an acclaimed and extended season at The Gate Theatre.
Sarks has demonstrated an uncanny knack for crafting productions that resonate across generations, as demonstrated with A Christmas Carol and Seventeen. Jasper Jones sees her return to this world – just this side of magic – that appeals so broadly.
Tom Conroy (Mortido) stars as Charlie Bucktin with Charles Wu (Samson) as Jeffrey, along with Matilda Ridgway (Hamlet, Bell Shakespeare), making her Belvoir debut. Unfortunately Lasarus Ratuere is no longer able to play the role of Jasper Jones, we are very pleased that Guy Simon, who was already cast in Melbourne Theatre Company’s production, has stepped in to play the role.
Kate Mulvany joins the cast for her first on-stage role at Belvoir since 2008, along with Steve Rodgers (A Christmas Carol) as Mr and Mrs Bucktin.
Jasper Jones is a coming-of-age story for a generation, and a nation too.
*If you’re 13 or over!
Notes for Editors
2 January – 7 February 2016
8pm Saturday 2 January
6.30pm Sunday 3 January
8pm Tuesday 6 January
8pm Wednesday 7 January
2pm Thursday 28 January
3pm 7 February
Tuesday & Wednesday 6.30pm,
Thursday & Friday 8pm
Saturday 2pm & 8pm
Full $72-$92, Seniors/Industry/Group $62, Concession $49,
Previews $40, 30 Down $47, Student Saver $37
* Ticket prices can be dynamically adjusted, either up or down, based on real-time market demand, and without notice.
Belvoir St Theatre
25 Belvoir St, Surry Hills
02 9699 3444
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