The Price family appear to be living the Australian dream – a loving household in a solid brick house on a quarter acre block where the passing of time is measured by the seasonal changes in working class patriarch Bob’s beloved roses. The four kids have grown up and spread their wings, with only the youngest, Rosie, still at home.
As the seasons turn, their story becomes darker and more difficult. But, with complexity comes richness, resolution and meaning. Epic in existential scope while deeply human in focus,Things I Know To Be True will tug at your heart while asking the big questions about what it is that keeps us going.
A brand new commissioned play from the pen of one of our greatest contemporary playwrights, Andrew Bovell is cause enough for celebration – but add to that an international collaboration with the extraordinary Frantic Assembly, a brilliant cast including Adelaide stage icon, Paul Blackwell and rising star, Tilda Cobham-Hervey (52 Tuesdays, One Eyed Girl) and you have the ingredients of something special.
Andrew Bovell is regarded as one of our greatest storytellers, whether it be for works for the stage such as When The Rain Stops Falling and his adaptation of Kate Grenville’s The Secret River, or for the screen such as Lantana and A Most Wanted Man.
Frantic Assembly are one of the brightest stars in the British theatrical firmament, “the most innovative and progressive company around” (The Times). Their unique, highly physical style is perhaps best represented in their outstanding recent work as choreographers of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, (West End, Broadway).
Frantic Assembly are led by Tony and Olivier Award nominated Artistic Director Scott Graham who will team with State Theatre Company’s Geordie Brookman as co-director of this international co-production which will premiere in Adelaide, before touring to Canberra and later in 2016 for a season in the UK.
Directors: Geordie Brookman & Scott Graham Featuring: Georgia Adamson, Paul Blackwell, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Eugenia Fragos, Nathan O’Keefe, Tim Walter Set and Lighting Designer: Geoff Cobham Costume Designer: Ailsa Paterson Sound Designer: Andrew Howard Music: Nils Frahm Original artwork: Thomas Buchanan
Things I Know To Be True
Dunstan Playhouse – Adelaide Festival Centre, King William Street, Adelaide
Season: 17 May – 4 June 2016 (previews: 13 – 16 May)
Playhouse – Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra
Season: 8 – 11 June 2016
For more information, visit: www.statetheatrecompany.com.au for details.
Image: Tilda Cobham-Hervey features in Things I Know To Be True – courtesy of STCSA