On the banks of the Georges River, Radha and her son Siddhartha release the ashes of Radha’s mother – their final connection to the past, to Sri Lanka and its struggles. Now they are free to embrace their lives in Australia. Then a phone call from Colombo brings the past spinning back to life, and we are plunged into an epic story of love and political strife, of home and exile, of parents and children.
Counting and Cracking is a big new play about Australia like none we’ve seen before. This is life on a large canvas, so we are leaving Belvoir St and building a Sri Lankan town hall inside the Ridley Centre, Adelaide Showgrounds. Sixteen actors play four generations of a family, from Colombo to Pendle Hill, in a story about Australia as a land of refuge, about Sri Lanka’s efforts to remain united, about reconciliation within families, across countries, across generations.
We’ve done some big shows before – Cloudstreet, Angels in America. This is big too, but in a different way: it’s a new kind of Australian story. What makes it magnificent is its grand theatrical sweep, and its vision – deeply moving, compelling – necessary, of why we must never flag in the pursuit of an open society.
Co-produced with Co-Curious
Counting and Cracking was made through ongoing collaboration between Belvoir and Co-Curious, and S. Shakthidharan and Eamon Flack – across writing, producing and direction.
Counting and Cracking has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., Sydney Festival, Adelaide Festival.
Supported by Macquarie Group Foundation, Naomi Milgrom Foundation, Neilson Foundation, Nelson Meers Foundation, Oranges and Sardines Foundation, and Belvoir’s visionary Gamechanger donors.
The Thyne Reid Foundation is acknowledged for their support of Belvoir’s Western Sydney initiatives.
Costume & Cultural Advisor Anandavalli
Set & Costume Designer Dale Ferguson
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
Sound Designer & Composer Stefan Gregory
Adelaide Musical Director Alan John
Adelaide Sound Designer David Bergman
Associate Sound Designer Jessica Dunn
Movement and Fight Director Nigel Poulton
Accent Coach Linda Nicholls-Gidley
Assistant Director Carissa Licciardello
Associate Artist Suzanne Pereira
Stage Manager Luke McGettigan
Deputy Stage Manager Jennifer Parsonage
Assistant Stage Manager Julia Orlando
Performances will take place at the following times:
- Sat 02 Mar 7:00pm
- Sun 03 Mar 5:00pm
- Tue 05 Mar 7:00pm
- Wed 06 Mar 1:00pm, 7:00pm
- Thu 07 Mar 7:00pm
- Fri 08 Mar 7:00pm
- Sat 09 Mar 1:00pm, 7:00pm
We give our heartfelt thanks to our Producers’ Syndicate of visionary individual’s whose support will make a landmark contribution to Australian theatre.
Macquarie Group Foundation
Nelson Meers Foundation
Patty Akopiantz and Justin Punch
Sophie and Stephen Allen
Doc Ross Family Foundation
Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Oranges and Sardines Foundation
Rob Thomas AM
Kim Williams AM and Catherine Dovey
Jane and Andrew Clifford
The Horizon Foundation
Dan and Jackie Philips
Mark and Jacqueline Warburton
Shemara Wikramanayake and Ed Gilmartin
Mehrdad and Roya Baghai
Andrew Cameron AM and Cathy Cameron
The Hand Up Foundation
Ruveni and Craig Kelleher
Bob and Chris Ernst
Knights Family Jabula Foundation
Belinda and Steve Rankine
Rob White and Lisa Hamilton