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A note from the Artistic Director: June 2021

Date posted: 3 Jun 2021Author: STC

June 2021

This past weekend the Company said farewell to our fantastic season of Fun Home, and with it ‘Act 1’ of our 2021 season. We’re now entering ‘Act 2’ and we could not be more excited to share this varied collection of enthralling stories with all of you.

Last week, my team and I had the pleasure of watching a rehearsal room run of our soon-to-open production of Grand Horizons, directed by Jessica Arthur. Each member of the cast brought remarkable nuance to the play, as well as their myriad senses of humour – we were all in stitches. Grand Horizons is a knockout and provides the perfect story of reinvention and possibility we’re all craving.

I was equally bowled over by the opening night of our 26th anniversary production of The 7 Stages of Grieving. In the hands of three of this country’s most exciting theatre-makers, director Shari Sebbens, performer Elaine Crombie and Associate Director Ian Michael (along with their superb creative team), this landmark of Australian and First Nations storytelling is brought powerfully into the year 2021. It was particularly moving to have one half of the play’s writing team, Wesley Enoch, in the audience for opening – a full circle moment. The incredible response we have had to the show is a poignant reminder of this play’s ongoing relevance.

These beautiful shows are just the beginning of ‘Act 2’, which is full of gripping stories, sublime writing and deeply human characters. I look forward to sharing these wonderful theatre gems with all of you.
 

Artistic Director, Kip Williams