Co-Produced with State Theatre Company South Australia

Somewhere in America, away from the bright lights, a group of young teen girls prepare for the most important event of their lives – a dance show contest. But all the anxieties and confusions of the adult world come sashaying on stage, revealing a dog-eat-dog drama. The girls are played by adult women, as if they’re reliving past agonies and triumphs.

This is a comic play of memory and feminist power, and a subtly subversive exploration of the time of life when the demons get in.

This came out of America and has taken the world by storm. Theatrically playful, unapologetically ratbaggy, with a great ensemble of adult performers playing the teen dancers, this one promises to be as intriguing as it is entertaining. – Eamon Flack, Artistic Director

★★★★ – The Guardian UK
★★★★1/2 – “Wild, funny, ferocious drama” – Time Out

Dance Nation is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.



Set & Costume Designer Jonathon Oxlade
Lighting Designer Alexander Berlage
Composer Luke Smiles
Sound Designer Andrew Howard
Choreographer Larissa McGowan
Accent Coach Jennifer Innes
Assistant Director Clara Solly-Slade
Stage Manager Gabrielle Hornhardt
Assistant Stage Manager Brooke Kiss

Performance Times

Scott Theatre, Adelaide
21 Feb – 07 Mar

Running Times and Content Warnings

Running time: Approx. 105 mins (no interval)

Content warnings: Smoke haze and theatrical effects, strobe lighting, fake blood, frequent strong language, sexual references.

Should you wish to speak to speak to a member of staff regarding running times, content warnings or any other show related queries, our box office can be contacted on 02 9699 3444.