A message from our Artistic Director Kip Williams
‘Act 2’ of our 2021 Season is the first to be launched since our move home to The Wharf and, as such, we’ve planned a celebration of the full gamut of what theatre is capable of – a tribute to the artform that brings us all together. This season is also our first chance to tell stories in our newly renovated and flexible theatre spaces and my team and I have carefully curated a series of shows that will showcase this historic building’s new capabilities.
Our commitment to contemporary Australian plays and the development of Australian theatre-makers is a central focus of the Company. This year I am overjoyed to bring you recent works by two of the country’s most visionary writers: White Pearl by our Patrick White Fellow Anchuli Felicia King, which we premiered in Australia with The National Theatre of Parramatta in 2019 and Triple X by Glace Chase, which previewed to standing ovations at Queensland Theatre before succumbing to the closures of 2020. It also brings me great joy to announce the long-awaited premiere of The Dismissal, a hilarious brand new Australian musical that will bring 1975’s Constitutional Crisis to vivid life.
We have a number of classics, works that continue to resonate across the decades and centuries, beginning with Wesley Enoch and Deborah Mailman’s landmark of Australian theatre The 7 Stages of Grieving. Led by Zahra Newman and Bert La Bonté, Lorraine Hansberry’s American masterwork A Raisin in the Sun will have its first Australian mainstage production, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman will star legendary actor Wayne Blair and Shakespeare’s ferocious study of power and corruption, Julius Caesar, will be presented in the round – an exciting new format for The Wharf. I’m also thrilled that my new adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray, which premiered in 2020, will be returning for an encore season.
Continuing our tradition of bringing you the best new international writing, Bess Wohl’s Grand Horizons and The Lifespan of a Fact by Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell and Gordon Farrell, are big, hilarious and thought-provoking plays that will provide everyone, regardless of age and stage, a dazzling night at the theatre.
Rounding out this wild ride is a show for our youngest theatre-goers, from Shake & Stir Theatre Co, a musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s tale of heroism and revolt Fantastic Mr Fox.
This year you’ll experience The Wharf as you’ve never seen it before, and a whole new world of creative possibilities. But more importantly, it feels wonderful to be home again in a new but familiar place with a blank slate to start dreaming up the future of the Company.
With this in mind, I would like to formally invite you to join us in building that future and to continuing this year of wonderful theatre.