The Harp in the South: Part One

16 Aug — 6 Oct 2018

Roslyn Packer Theatre

Sydney Theatre Company presents
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.

First appearing in 1947, novelist Ruth Park’s revered Australian trilogy – MissusThe Harp in the South and Poor Man’s Orange – 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. Celebrated playwright Kate Mulvany has adapted the trilogy and spread these beloved stories across two equally plays. This major new work is one of the most ambitious productions STC has ever created. 

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 star-studded ensemble of 18 actors, with design from the stellar team that fashioned Chimerica in 2017. It’s a stunning work full of music and movement. 

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.

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.


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 Approx. 3hrs 45mins (including 20 min interval, then later a 5 min pause)  
Content warning Strong language, adult themes including sexual violence, suicide and domestic violence. Use of theatrical haze, smoke and herbal cigarettes. Parental guidance and discretion advised. Please get in touch with us if you have any queries. If you or someone you know needs information or support, these organisations are there to help:  Beyond BlueLifeline and Headspace.

Production patron Gretel Packer

Discover Part Two


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.

Book tickets to Part One by selecting a date on the calendar.


Single tickets

A Reserve
Saturday evening $108
Adult $103
Seniors cardholder $93
Concession $82
Under 30 $81
Previews $81
Group bookings (10+ people) $87

B Reserve
Mon – Sat performances (excluding Sat evening) $93
Saturday evening $98

C Reserve
Previews $73
Mon – Sat performances (excluding Sat evening) $73
Saturday evening $79


Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Exact prices will be displayed with seat selection.

Transaction fees may apply
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