Let’s begin the 2016 Season with a cracker play for any Australian, of any age*, and any creed. We’d love you all to come.
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 14 and smart. Perhaps too smart. But when 16-year-old, 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.
A coming-of-age story for a generation, and a nation too. Nominated for the 2015 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards – Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting.
* If you’re 13 or over!
Recommended for ages 13+
Special Family Performance Times!
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
Indigenous Advisor Jada Alberts
Design Secondment Kelsey Lee
Stage Manager Isabella Kerdijk
Assistant Stage Manager Jennifer Parsonage
This much-loved novel is given a beautiful stage treatment in Kate Mulvany’s adaptation. Anne-Louise Sarks’s warm and lively production… is brilliantly cast. It is a splendid start to Belvoir’s 2016 season.John McCallum | The Australian
Whether you know the book or not, this piercing adaptation is very much worth seeing for the way it depicts – and shows ways across – some of the deep and enduring divides in our society.Jason Blake | SMH
This is a moving, astute and often very funny production…Ben Neutze | Daily Review
Mulvany has created something crackling and genuine here, a glimpse of racial and gender inequity in our all-too recent past. Take a teen.Cassie Tounge | Aussie Theatre
…the creatively rich production that opens Belvoir’s 2016 with that most welcome phenomenon: the big fat, satisfying, thought-provoking, laugh-making, tear-jerking smash hit.Diana Simmonds | Stage Noise