A MESSAGE FROM OUR ARTISTIC DIRECTOR KIP WILLIAMS

There's a lot to feel hopeful about right now.

In putting together the 2022 Season I wanted to assemble a collection of shows that celebrated the joy, revelation and connection only theatre can offer. It’s time for our city to start a new chapter and what better way to do so than together in the theatre. There’s a lot to feel hopeful about right now and all of us at STC are so happy to be back.

Kicking off the year will be the long-anticipated Triple X by the remarkable performer/playwright Glace Chase. Met with standing ovations and audience adoration during its Queensland Theatre run, Triple X unites Glace with our prodigiously talented Associate Director Paige Rattray. This is an historic piece of Australian theatre – the first trans love story to open on a main stage – and I know Sydney audiences are going to go wild for it.

“...a collection of shows that celebrated the joy, revelation and connection only theatre can offer.”

We continue with the return of White Pearl, by our 2020 Patrick White Playwrights Fellow Anchuli Felicia King. I was knocked sideways the first time I read Felicia’s play. It’s an electrifying narrative and I’m so excited our production, directed by the wonderful Priscilla Jackman, is coming to Wharf 1 next year.

One of the unquestionable highlights of our 2021 Season was Bess Wohl’s outrageously funny Grand Horizons. It’s no surprise that this warm and deeply funny look at family life, directed by our virtuosic Resident Director Jessica Arthur, touched so many. We’re thrilled to have so many of the cast return to give more people a chance to embrace this story.

The sublime Eryn Jean Norvill also returns with her knockout performance in The Picture of Dorian Gray. Writing and directing this adaptation of Dorian has been one of the great highlights of my career and an amazing experience working with EJ, a longtime collaborator of mine, and a team of some of the country’s best theatre-makers. I’m so excited to share this work with new audiences and those of you itching to see it again.

“Let’s celebrate this exciting new year and this new beginning together.”

One show that completely blew me away in recent times was Bangarra Dance Theatre’s landmark production Bennelong. I’m so pleased that STC has the opportunity to co-present a new production, Wudjang: Not the Past, created by the same team as Bennelong, led by the phenomenal Stephen Page. It promises to be an astounding, beautiful and urgent work.

Finally, my team and I wanted to cook up an unashamed theatrical treat to unleash some joy after the year we’ve had. Featuring a stellar cast and directed by comedy queen Paige Rattray, our exuberantly funny new production of Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit is guaranteed to have you in hysterics.

I can’t wait to see you in the theatre in 2022. Let’s celebrate this exciting new year and this new beginning together.

Kip Williams
Artistic Director