A message from our Artistic Director Kip Williams

Welcome to 2021, our first season back at The Wharf in three years!

As many of you will agree, The Wharf is so much more than a performing arts venue – it’s the home of our company. After an unpredictable and difficult 2020, returning to a place so full of our history feels incredibly inspiring and so joyful. 'Act 1' launches the first third of our 2021 program, with the remaining two thirds to be announced in March of next year.

Since their renovations, The Wharf theatres will now be fully flexible. Each time you enter, you will be met with an exciting new seating configuration and experience. To celebrate these new creative possibilities, I have put together a very special collection of six plays that comprise a theatrical journey like nothing you have seen before.

In ‘Act 1’ of 2021, I’m thrilled to announce the first of these six plays: Playing Beatie Bow. I will be reuniting with playwright Kate Mulvany (with whom I created The Harp in the South: Part One and Part Two) to stage a brand new adaptation of Ruth Park’s classic Sydney story. This will be a show for everyone, young and old, and is set to be a real celebration of STC, our local Rocks area, and all of you, our family.

2021 will also see the triumphant return of some of 2020’s cancelled shows. Home, I’m Darling was one of the most anticipated shows of this year. Thankfully, our production will finally take the Drama Theatre stage. Its witty and colourful take on hiding away from the world seems more timely now than ever.

So too with Fun Home, a musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir. This show, bursting with wonderful music, is a chance for all of us to reflect on the things that really matter: our loved ones and being true to ourselves.

This season we’ll continue to program some of the best and most exciting international playwriting with the Australian premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ wildly entertaining play Appropriate directed by Wesley Enoch. Jacobs-Jenkins is a master of the form who riffs on classic writers like Miller and O’Neill to tell uncomfortable truths about contemporary America.

It’s also wonderful to be able to remount the farewell iteration of The Wharf Revue. In times as difficult as these, laughter is more important than ever!

We’ve all been through a lot in the past few months and your generosity in sticking by us has been felt and appreciated deeply by every single member of this company. Thank you so much. We can’t wait to welcome you back to The Wharf and share this exciting new chapter in STC’s history with you.

Kip Williams
Artistic Director