News: The Secret River on tour

Date posted: 18 Feb 2016Author: STC

After a sold-out 2013 season, Neil Armfield's landmark production, The Secret River, was resurrected for a limited encore season in Sydney in 2016. Acclaimed by critics and beloved by audiences, The Secret River now embarks on a tour to Brisbane and Melbourne.

Tour Dates

25 Feb - 5 Mar 2016
Queensland Theatre Company, Brisbane

10 Mar - 19 Mar 2016
Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne


"If you missed this production when it premiered, don’t make the same mistake this time." ★★★★★ Time Out Sydney

"This play is compulsory viewing." ★★★★½ Daily Review

"One of the most brilliant and important plays Australia has ever produced." ★★★★★ Arts Hub

"(An) extraordinary piece of theatre" ★★★★½ Sydney Morning Herald

"A thrilling, pivotal and agonisingly honest production." Stage Noise by Diana Simmonds

"Finely realised stagecraft, an ensemble on form and a story that invites all Australians to reflect." ★★★★½ Limelight Magazine

Further Reading

From our online Magazine

► Play synopsis

Feature: A note from Andrew Bovell

Feature: Set designer Stephen Curtis

Feature: The Dharug language in rehearsals

News articles:

► Neil Armfield returns to The Secret River. Daily Review

► Nathaniel Dean on re-exploring Kate Grenville's Secret River. Limelight Magazine

► The set's the thing: how the stage helped The Secret River come alive. The Guardian 

Image galleries:

Production photo gallery

The Secret River in rehearsals


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Commissioning and Touring Patrons 
David Gonski AC & Orli Wargon OAM,
Catriona & Simon Mordant AM

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