Written by Clare Barron
Directed by Imara Savage

  • Venue Scott Theatre Adelaide
  • Dates 21 FEBRUARY – 7 MAR

    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

    • 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.

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