The End of Winter

Jane-Phegan-in-The-End-of-Winter-photo-by-Clare-HawleyIn a story about loss and resilience, Siren Theatre Co. presents the South Australian premiere of The End of Winter by Noëlle Janaczewska, at the Migration Museum, as part of the 2024 Adelaide Fringe, until 3 March.

Where do we find cold places as extreme weather worsens and the world heats up? Will climate change erase winter leaving it to exist only in fairy tales, paintings, and historical accounts? In hot, bushfire-prone Australia our winters are becoming warmer and shorter.

The End of Winter is about loss and resilience. It’s about the places one can search for cold weather – places that can be reached via public transport and the imagination.

This rich, imaginative story by Australian playwright Noëlle Janaczewska (Shortlist: NSW Premiers Playwriting Award 2023), the themes and ideas contained within The End of Winter lean into the most significant issue of our time – the changing climate and the loss of seasons.

In Australia, we’ve experienced it all: extreme heat, devastating droughts, raging bushfires, floods, and cyclones. But these extreme weather events are getting worse as the world heats up.

Telling and sharing stories, from the scientific to the personal, is one the most important tools we have to survive climate change.

It’s easy to get into a typical conversation about the weather. It’s harder to talk about how changing weather patterns relate to climate change – especially when climate and weather can often get confused.

With direction by Kate Gaul (The Magic Flute, CAMP) and a solo performance by Jane Phegan (Winner: Best Actor, Sydney Theatre Critics Awards 2022) The End of Winter premiered in Sydney in 2022 and toured regional Australia in 2023.

Siren Theatre Co is an award winning independent theatre company based in Sydney. They produce new Australian plays, classics, make plays for young people, partner with producing and presenting organisations to give our vital artists and audiences bold imaginative experiences.

“It’s a bravura performance from Jane Phegan … a theatrical experience of bone warming depth and of hope” – Reviews by Judith

Director: Kate Gaul | Performer: Jane Phegan | Composer: Nate Edmondson | Production Designer: Soham Apte | Lighting Designer: Becky Russell | Writer: Noëlle Janaczewska

The End of Winter
The Gallery at The Courtyard of Curiosities at the Migration Museum, 82 Kintore Ave, Adelaide
Season continues to 3 March 2024

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Image: Jane Phegan in The End of Winter – photo by Clare Hawley