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Back by Popular Demand!

The 2016 smash hit returns to Belvoir for a quick season before it hits the road.

The backblocks of Western Australia. It’s 1965 and Charlie Bucktin’s fourteen and smart. But when blamed-for-everything Jasper Jones appears at his window one night, Charlie’s out of his depth. Jasper has stumbled on the body of a local girl in the scrub, and he knows he’s the first suspect – that goes with the colour of his skin. He needs every ounce of Charlie’s brains if the truth is to emerge before Jasper finds himself at the pointy end of a deep anger.

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 Grown-Up World?

Kate Mulvany’s adaptation of Craig Silvey’s award-winning novel is daggy-funny and wise. A coming-of-age story for a generation, and a nation too.

It’s clear that there’s something deeply binding about this show, and very human. It already feels like a classic. It poured out delight in 2016, and the clamour for tickets was so, well, huge, we felt we couldn’t leave it at that. – Eamon

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WarningJasper Jones contains the death of a young person and adult themes.

Running time: Approx 2 hours, 20 minutes including interval

Please note: A lock out period applies for latecomers at the commencement of Jasper Jones. Patrons arriving late will be admitted approximately ten minutes into the first act. 

Cast

Kate Box
Tom Conroy
Steve Le Marquand
Matilda Ridgway
Guy Simon
Charles Wu

Team

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
Composer & Sound Designer Steve Toulmin
Fight Choreographer Scott Witt
Choreographer Sara Black
Indigenous Advisor Jada Alberts
Stage Manager Isabella Kerdijk
Assistant Stage Manager Jennifer Parsonage

Performance Times

Tuesday & Wednesday 6.30pm
Thursday & Friday 8pm
Saturday 2pm & 8pm
Sunday 5pm

Preview (bookable)
8pm, 25 January

Opening Night (invitation only)
8pm, 26 January

Belvoir Briefing
3pm, 22 January

Unwaged Performance
2pm, 2 February

After its run at Belvoir, Jasper Jones will also tour to the following venues:

Merrigong Theatre Company
22-25 February 2017

Civic Theatre Newcastle
1-4 March, 2017

Please book tickets directly with the touring venues.

Prices

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Belvoir’s ticket prices can be dynamically adjusted either up or down without notice. This can apply to a small number of tickets in response to demand for a specific performance date or time. Full ticket terms and conditions can be found on the Ticket Prices page.

 Ticket Type Upstairs
Full Price $72
Subscriber Discount Rate $67
Seniors*/Industry**/Groups (10 or more) $62
Concession† $49
30-Down# $47
Previews $40
Student Saver# $37

† Concession prices are available with a full-time Australian student card, all Centrelink Pensioner concession cards and Veteran Affairs’ cards.
** Industry prices are available to members of Actors Equity (MEAA), AACTA, ASMA, ASDA, ARDA, AFTT, Australian Academy of Dramatic Arts, Actors Centre, Performance Space, Australian Writers’ Guild, Artshub and the NSW Writers’ Centre.
# 30-Down and Student Saver prices are available for Previews, Wednesday evening, Thursday evening, Friday evening, Saturday matinee, Saturday evening.

Some of our productions at Belvoir may contain strong language, smoking, nudity, violence, strobe lighting, haze or other things you may find confronting or uncomfortable. If you are concerned about any of these please ask our Box Office staff about content when booking.

 

Reviews

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 | The Sydney Morning Herald

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.

John McCallum | The Australian

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

Jasper Jones Podcast

Author Craig Silvey, adaptor Kate Mulvany, director Anne-Louise Sarks and the young cast all weigh in on the making of this smash hit.

Produced for Belvoir by Zoe Ferguson.

Adaptor's Note

KateKate Mulvany

It’s a rare gift as a writer to be given the chance to adapt one of the nation’s best-loved books. A gift… and a fearsome challenge. Because everyone has their own ‘favourite bit’ of Jasper Jones that is seared into their memory like they actually lived it.

‘I hope you got the cricket match in!’ ‘Please don’t leave out the superheroes – Batman is best.’ ‘How are you gonna fit the entire town of Corrigan on a stage?!’

My own ‘favourite bits’ shift and expand every single time I dip into the pages of the book Jasper Jones. Pulling apart Craig Silvey’s masterful text has been an incredible joy. Both Craig and I hail from country Western Australia. We carry the sense memory of towns like Corrigan in our bones. The incredible characters that blow in and out, like an afternoon southerly. The pillars and politics of those small-town communities. The melting pot of cultures that call these pastoral industrial dustbowls home, and gift their stories to wide-eyed, eavesdropping, bookish scribblers like me, Craig… and Charlie Bucktin himself.

We can learn the ways of the world from these small communities, these contained universes. They are a petri dish of the bigger picture. The ails of society are often magnified in small towns, but so are the cures. The shared experience of a community, of listening to each others’ stories with an open mind and empathetic ear, is what these towns can do best and what we can all do better.

This generosity of communal spirit has become apparent in the rehearsal room too. The text being performed tonight is different to the one that premiered in Perth a couple of years ago. It’s even different to what was performed at the last Belvoir season! Since then, Jasper Jones has had a season at the Melbourne Theatre Company too. With different creative teams comes shifting perspectives, so these have been carefully and lovingly weaved into each performance text. The ‘favourite bits’ remain, but more importantly, aspects of the text recalibrate with what is going on in our real world. Fearful political upheavals in the modern world may present themselves in a new line in the play. Or a line from Craig Silvey’s book that may not have been used in the play a few seasons ago is now introduced with potent new meaning

The rehearsal room for any production of Jasper Jones always becomes a playground of memory and experience. Memories of childhood, memories of family, memories of Australian summers, of Indigenous elders and Vietnamese grandparents. Of ‘that time Mum and Dad stopped talking’ and the way ‘my childhood crush still makes my heart flutter when she likes my posts on Facebook’. It is such a treat to take on these lived memories from actors, directors, designers and infuse their energy into the play. I hope the foyer is buzzing afterwards with your own childhood tales of hitting a six in the backyard and the time you snuck into the haunted house on the edge of town. (Exaggerate away. It makes it more fun.)

I don’t want to go into what Jasper Jones is trying to say as a play. It’s saying everything or nothing, depending on what you choose to hear. But for me, adapting Jasper Jones has been like taking a wander through my own childhood – the good parts and the bad – and realising just how much, and how little, things have changed. How far we have come and how far we still have to go. In the words of Jasper Jones himself: we gotta get brave.

I’d like to thank all of the incredible casts, crews and audiences of Jasper Jones – Black Swan, MTC and Belvoir – for their faith in Australian storytelling; Anne-Louise Sarks for her gloriously driven curiosity, insight and care on the Belvoir production; John Sheedy for putting the book in my hands a few years back and giving me a gift that just keeps on giving; and Craig Silvey for not only giving us this wonderful Australian story, but allowing and encouraging me to put a little of myself into the play.

Enjoy your trip to Corrigan. Look after each other.