2021 Artistic Director’s Message

We’ve got some good news.

Just around the corner is another year of Belvoir’s great Australian storytelling. A lot has changed but the important things remain: to put on a good show, with the added hope that we might help change the country for the better. Thank you for sticking with us during these wild times, and thank you to everyone who helped us get through the shutdown. Without you there would be no 2021 season. Losing so many of our shows this year has been a real blow – to artists, audiences, and everyone who keeps Belvoir ticking. But we are back with bells on in 2021.

We’re doing things a bit differently this year – we’re splitting the season into two parts. Part One will run from February to September, and we will announce Part Two next April. Why split the year? Because the times are unpredictable. Splitting the season is the surest way to keep the show going, and it will mean less disruption for you if we need to pause performing again. You were very patient this year with so many changes – thank you again – and we want to minimise that next year.

So to Part One…

We’re bringing back two of our recent hits (more on those below), and we have four new shows. Our first is the premiere of a new play by Walkley Award-winning ABC foreign correspondent Sally Sara. Stop Girl asks how we get back to ‘normal’ life after being ripped away from it. It is a fictional drama told through the unerring eye of one of the country’s great journos. Next up Artistic Director Eamon Flack directs Pamela Rabe and a terrific ensemble cast in The Cherry Orchard, Anton Chekhov’s great comedy about the costs of change.

From the writer of Single Asian Female, Michelle Law’s crazily comic Miss Peony is about a Chinese-Australian beauty pageant and the competitive advice of a ghostly grandmother. This is one of those madcap comedies which makes the world a more wonderful place. Rounding off Part One is an electrifying new play from Nathan Maynard, a Trawlooway man from Larapuna country, lutrawita (Tasmania). At What Cost? is a loving, questioning play about place and family, written with a sharp comic edge and the forward-falling momentum of a tragedy.

And then there are these two beauties in return seasons. Back by overwhelming demand is the hit of 2019, Yve Blake’s Fangirls. This glorious show had mothers, daughters, grandmothers, aunts, dads, guncles (look it up!) and anyone with an inner fangirl whooping with joy. If you thought last time, “This one isn’t for me,” don’t do the same this time. It’s a great celebration of life. In fact this show is so full of life we’re taking it to a bigger theatre: you’ll find Fangirls at the Seymour Centre. Also making a comeback is Anita Hegh’s magnetic performance of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own. We didn’t have enough seats for everyone who wanted to see this acclaimed show in 2020, so now is your chance.

Visit our website for more information on all of these shows, or subscribe now using the booking form and included reply paid envelope. With a three play subscription package starting from $122* plus a range of ticket types and concessions, we have a package to suit everyone.

Belvoir has always been a theatre of “rough magic”, to use Prospero’s phrase from The Tempest. The magic may be a little more readymade this year, but that’s the great thing about Belvoir: it’s about the human feat of putting on a show in an old tomato sauce factory with whatever we have on hand. Rough it may be, but magic all the same.

We look forward to seeing you in the theatre soon.

Eamon Flack
Artistic Director