Picnic at Hanging Rock

// proves that horror is a warm, sunny day.

  • Event Type / Theatre
  • When / 26 Feb – 20 Mar
  • Where / Merlyn Theatre
  • Duration / 85 minutes (no interval)
  • Warning / Contains occasional coarse language & horror themes
  • Lockout / Latecomers will not be admitted after 12 minutes into the performance
  • Download / Download the Program

Picnic at Hanging Rock / has haunted the Australian psyche for over a century. One summer’s day in 1900, three schoolgirls and a teacher inexplicably vanished, never to be seen again. The trip was supposed to be a Saint Valentine’s Day treat. They were supposed to be home for dinner.

In Tom Wright’s chilling adaptation of Joan Lindsay’s classic novel, five performers will struggle to solve the mystery of the missing girls and their teacher. Euphoria and terror will reverberate throughout Appleyard College, as the potential for history to repeat itself becomes nightmarishly real.

Picnic at Hanging Rock is a story that defies explanation, a story that / proves that horror is a warm, sunny day.

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A co-production with Black Swan State Theatre Company.

*** Please note this performance has a strict latecomers policy. Patrons will NOT be admitted into the theatre after 12 minutes into the performance. Toilet goers can only be readmitted to the theatre at a suitable time on the circle and balcony levels and may be moved to an alternative seat. We kindly remind you to arrive with time to collect your tickets and take your seat.

★★★★ This retelling of the Joan Lindsay cult classic proves the book’s postcolonial theme remains relevant – and will terrify the pants off you.

– The Guardian
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★★★★ While there may be quibbles in the adaptation, there is little to fault in the production... It is a genuinely frightening experience, a rarity in the theatre.

– Australian Book Review
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★★★★ Matthew Lutton and Tom Wright offer a surreal and subversive take on this Aussie classic.

– Limelight
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The themes Lindsay deals with are so large and ageless … an enduring classic.

– The Age

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A new play by / Tom Wright adapted from Joan Lindsay’s novel
Direction / Matthew Lutton
Cast includes / Harriet Gordon-Anderson, Arielle Gray, Amber McMahon, Elizabeth Nabben, Nikki Shiels

Set & Costume Design / Zoë Atkinson
Lighting Design / Paul Jackson
Composition / Ash Gibson Greig
Sound Design / J. David Franzke

Stage Manager / Tia Clark
Assistant Stage Manager / Lyndie Li Wan Po

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES

Preview
Friday 26 February, 7.30pm
Saturday 27 February, 7.30pm
Monday 29 February, 6.30pm
Tuesday 1 March, 6.30pm

Opening night
Wednesday 2 March, 7.30pm 

Monash Meets Malthouse Theatre
Saturday 5 March, 5pm

Time to Talk ~CANCELLED~
Please note the session scheduled for Tuesday 8 March, 6.30pm has been cancelled.

Audio Described Performance
Thursday 17 March, 7.30pm

Auslan Interpreted Performance
Thursday 17 March, 7.30pm

PROGRAM

View the Picnic at Hanging Rock program online

TICKET PRICES

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Single Tickets
Adult / $65
Senior / $60
Concession / $50

Tertiary Student* & Under 30s / $35

Single ticket prices are subject to change. Book early for the best prices.

*For Secondary Student bookings, including Secondary Student and Teacher prices, please see here.

On the blog

Meditations from Tom Wright on Picnic at Hanging Rock

Tom Wight, Playwright of Picnic at Hanging Rock, shares muses on the history of the Rock.

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Proudly supported by the Art Series Hotel Group.
Presented by Triple R.

  • Event Type / Theatre
  • When / 26 Feb – 20 Mar
  • Where / Merlyn Theatre
  • Duration / 85 minutes (no interval)
  • Warning / Contains occasional coarse language & horror themes
  • Lockout / Latecomers will not be admitted after 12 minutes into the performance
  • Download / Download the Program

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