The Harp in the South: Part One & Part Two
16 Aug — 6 Oct 2018
Roslyn Packer Theatre
Sydney Theatre Company presents
THE HARP IN THE SOUTH
PART ONE AND PART TWO
By Ruth Park
An adaptation for the stage by Kate Mulvany
A great Australian novel. A landmark theatre event. A portrait of Sydney as it once was.
The world premieres of The Harp in the South: Part One and The Harp in the South: Part Two are designed to be enjoyed as one unforgettable, epic theatrical experience.
This major new work is one of the most ambitious productions STC has ever created. Celebrated playwright Kate Mulvany has adapted novelist Ruth Park’s revered Australian trilogy – Missus, The Harp in the South and Poor Man’s Orange – and spread these beloved stories across two equally ambitious plays.
The two parts stand alone, but together they offer over five hours of monumental, exuberant theatre. It’s a moving family saga and a celebration of Sydney in all its funny, gritty glory.
Production Patron Gretel Packer
HOW TO BOOK THESE PLAYS
We encourage you to experience the entire epic. Viewed together they are a vivid and immersive narrative of Australian culture, and a memorable theatrical experience. You can choose to see both parts on one day, or elect to see them on different days.
2018 Season Tickets
Tickets to Part One and Part Two count as two separate plays towards a Season Ticket. These plays are currently only available as part of a 2018 Season Ticket (a pack of 6 or more shows). Save at least 20% on full price single tickets, access the best available seats and get a lot of exclusive benefits all year.
First appearing in 1947, Ruth Park’s trilogy brought to life a carnival of characters. Full of humour, romance and spirited rebellion, it captured our city’s best and worst features with a riveting, unflinching and endearing honesty.
It traces the lives of the Darcy family over the course of thirty years. Living at twelve-and-a-half Plymouth Street, Surry Hills, they grow up and grow old amidst brothels and sly grog, the pious and the violent, the opportunists and the desperate.
Artistic Director Kip Williams brings together an ensemble of 18 actors, including Tony Cogin, Anita Hegh, Tara Morice, Rose Riley, Guy Simon, Helen Thomson and Contessa Treffone. It’s a work full of music and movement, with an original score by Iain Grandage (The Secret River) and a design from the stellar team that fashioned Chimerica in 2017.
The Harp in the South: Part One
The Darcy family saga begins with a love story. It’s 1920 in a dusty, rural NSW town when young Margaret Kilker falls for Hugh Darcy. Newly married and in search of a brighter future, they move to Sydney’s Surry Hills, where they find a home on Plymouth Street and start a family. In the shadow of the Second World War, their daughters Roie and Dolour set out on their own adventures in the crowded, boisterous streets of Sydney.
Duration 3hrs (including interval)
Content warning Strong language
The Harp in the South: Part Two
The story continues amidst the changing world of Sydney in the 1950s. The shadow of the war lingers, but there is a new danger on the horizon. The homes of Surry Hills’ poor are threatened by government plans for redevelopment. Together, this community of workers, rebels and misfits rise up and fight back, with their voices and with their fists. At twelve-and-a-half Plymouth Street, four generations of the Darcy clan share their narrow terrace home. Beset by tragedy and loss, they struggle on, lucky to survive, ever hopeful in the face of adversity.
Duration 2hrs 20mins (including interval)
Content warning Strong language
Season Ticket prices (packs of 6 or more plays)
Saturday evening A Reserve $86
Adult A Reserve $82
Seniors cardholder $74
Under 30 $64
Single tickets for these plays go on sale on 5 Feb. Sign up to our enews for early access to tickets.
Prices correct at the time of publication.
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Season Ticket bookings (packs of 6 or more plays): no fees
Single ticket bookings: $7.50 online; $8 telephone; $0 Box Office counter
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