About

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.

Cast

Mitchell Butel
Elena Carapetis 

Emma Harvie
Chika Ikogwe
Yvette Lee
Rebecca Massey
Amber McMahon
Tara Morice
Tim Overton

Team

Set & Costume Designer Jonathon Oxlade
Lighting Designer Alexander Berlage
Composer Luke Smiles
Sound Designer Andrew Howard
Choreographer Larissa McGowan
Assistant Director Clara Solly-Slade

Performance Times

14 March – 12 April
Tuesday 6.30pm
Wednesday 6.30pm
Thursday 1pm & 7.30pm
Friday 7.30pm
Saturday 2pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 5pm

Previews
7.30pm, 14 March
6.30pm, 15 March
7.30pm, 17 March

Opening Night (Invitation Only)
7.30pm, 18 March

Schools Performance
11.30am, 25 March

Post-show Q&A
31 March, directly following the performance

Unwaged
11.30am, 2 April

Thursday Matinee
1pm, 9 April

Prices

Book a subscription to secure tickets to Dance Nation and save up to $418 on general release ticket prices.*

Centre Left/Right
Weekday Evenings
+ Sat Mat
Weekend Evenings Weekday Matinee Weekday Evenings
+ Sat Mat
Weekend Evenings Weekday Matinee
Full Price (adult)^ From $83 From $89 From $73 From $78 From $84 From $68
Mates Rates (Adult) From $73 From $79 From $63 From $73 From $79 From $63
Senior* From $73 From $79 From $63 From $68 From $74 From $58
Concession† From $63 From $69 From $53 From $58 From $64 From $48
30-Down# From $61 From $51 From $58 From $46
Previews From $56 From $56 From $51 From $51
Student Saver# From $48 From $38 From $43 From $33

~ Bookings of 10+ full price adult tickets receive a $10 discount per ticket.
^ Tickets to Saturday and Sunday performances may have an added $5 surcharge.
* Seniors prices are available with an eligible Australian Government-issued Seniors Card.
† Concession prices are available with a full-time student card, Centrelink Pensioner concession card, Veterans’ Affairs cards, and to members of Actors Equity (MEAA),  and ArtsHub, and HotHouse Theatre Subscribers.
# 30-Down and Student Saver prices are available for Previews, Tuesday evening, Wednesday evening, Thursday evening, Friday evening, and Saturday matinees.

To claim any concessions you must provide proof.

Full ticket terms and conditions can be found on the Ticket Prices page.

*Based on weekend evening general release ticket price.

Running Times and Content Warnings

Approximate running times of each production are uploaded to the production page as soon as that information becomes available. During the rehearsal period running times are liable to change given the extensive workshopping and development each production undergoes before it reaches the stage.

Content warnings will also be uploaded to each production page as they are advised.

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.