Based on the novel by Craig Silvey
Adapted by Kate Mulvany
Director Anne-Louise Sarks

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 2 January – 7 February 2016

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    Let’s begin the 2016 Season with a cracker play for any Australian, of any age*, and any creed. We’d love you all to come.

    The backblocks of Western Australia. It’s summer, 1965. Overseas there’s war in Indochina, Civil Rights marches, the stirrings of women’s liberation – but at home Charlie Bucktin dreams of writing the Great Australian Novel.

    Charlie’s 14 and smart. Perhaps too smart. But when 16-year-old, blamed-for-everything Jasper Jones appears at his window one night, Charlie’s out of his depth. Jasper has stumbled upon a terrible crime in the scrub nearby, and he knows he’s the first suspect – that goes with the colour of his skin. He needs every ounce of Charlie’s bookish brain if the truth is to emerge before the town turns on Jasper.

    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 changing world?

    Kate Mulvany’s adaptation of Craig Silvey’s award-winning novel is like Dorothy Hewett riffing on Harper Lee. It’s funny and it’s wise.

    A coming-of-age story for a generation, and a nation too. Nominated for the 2015 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards – Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting.

    * If you’re 13 or over!

    Recommended for ages 13+
    Special Family Performance Times!


    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
    Assistant Lighting Designer Daniel Anderson
    Composer & Sound Designer Steve Toulmin
    Fight Choreographer Scott Witt
    Choreographer Sara Black
    Indigenous Advisor Jada Alberts
    Design Secondment Kelsey Lee
    Stage Manager Isabella Kerdijk
    Assistant Stage Manager Jennifer Parsonage


    Tom Conroy
    Kate Mulvany
    Matilda Ridgway
    Steve Rodgers

    Guy Simon
    Charles Wu


    Rehearsal images by Brett Boardman
    Production images by Lisa Tomasetti

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