REVIEWS / PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK
★★★★ 'The rhythm of the show and the acid-etched stage pictures are highly impressive. Scenes flash out disjointedly between black-outs. The young English visitor Michael Fitzhebert thinks that many eras exist simultaneously, some of which we live in: you understand why he has come to believe so from the abrupt succession of torch-lit glimpses we get of his desperate solo search at Hanging Rock.'
– INDEPENDENT (UK) / Read More
★★★★ 'mesmerizingly directed by Matthew Lutton... it turns an invented myth into a many-sided metaphor and leaves you feeling that there is something unknowable about Australia itself.'
– THE GUARDIAN (UK) / Read More
★★★★ 'Throughout the play, the disappearances, with their dreadful, imagined horrors, take on a metaphorical symbolism. Australia, the demonic “anti-Eden” that must be “brought to heel” by the civilising influence of British values, appears to have taken a terrible revenge.'
– THE TELEGRAPH (UK) / Read More
★★★★ 'Bodies contort or sway in the heat haze. Darkness falls without warning, and a cacophony of animals and insects merges with the deep rumble of some other, nameless threat, in a landscape of “obscene knobs, fetid holes”, where these white impostors tread at their peril. Terror – of the “other”, of themselves, of nature itself – thrills beneath even grotesquely comical moments. Slippery, fascinating and unsettlingly potent.'
– THE STAGE / Read More
'In this hypnotic and unnerving production, the events of Linday’s original novel become a hallucinatory fever dream. When the curtain rises, the schoolgirls of Appleyard College appear to emerge out of thin air, materializing and dissolving between bursts of abrupt darkness. Meanwhile, the historical undercurrents of Australia’s colonial legacy haunt the edges, refusing to vanish, always looming.'
– EXEUNT MAGAZINE / Read More
'By the end, not only have Matthew Lutton and the team given viewers the opportunity to consider what might have happened to the missing girls but also painted a sometimes brutal portrait of fin de siècle Australian life, especially for those from the slightly less privileged classes. In this light, Picnic at Hanging Rock presents a highly compelling and most unusual theatrical experience.'
– BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE / Read More
PHOTOGRAPHY / Pia Johnson