Queensland Theatre Company presents a Sydney Theatre Company production

The Secret River [Past Event]

by Kate Grenville | An adaptation for the stage by Andrew Bovell


“… it's a stunning, shattering piece of theatre that goes to the heart of our history.“
-The Sunday Telegraph

“There is no doubt it will become a classic of the Australian theatre.“
-The Australian

"Director Neil Armfield, designer Stephen Curtis and composer Iain Grandage translate the rich detail and drama of Kate Grenville's novel into a moving and substantial work for the stage."
-Sydney Morning Herald

“This is the sort of epic theatre that can shape national identity.”
-Concrete Playground

“One of the most brilliant and important plays Australia has ever produced.”
-Arts Hub

“Like all great works of art, this superb, multi-layered show appropriately renders one speechless.” 
-Blue Curtains

The Secret River more than lived up to its advance hype and expectation. It was epic and powerful theatre.”
-Stage Whispers

"… an essential and impressive night at the theatre."

"The Secret River is the ultimate theatrical experience, a complete production, perfectly combining all of the elements, down to the child actors, the musicians and the ash in the fire."
-XS Entertainment

A compelling play for all Australians, this is a story to be told and retold.
-Brisbane Weekender

The Secret River is should be compulsory for all junior high school students
-This Magnificent Life



With a sold out 2013 season in Sydney, The Secret River comes to the Brisbane stage for the first time. This stirring, ambitious adaptation of Kate Grenville’s award-winning novel, tells the powerful story of two families divided by culture and land. 

William Thornhill arrives in New South Wales a convict from the slums of London. His family’s new home offers him something he hadn’t dare dream of: a place to call his own. On the banks of the Hawkesbury River, he plants a crop and lays claim to the soil in which it grows. 

But the Hawkesbury is already home to another family. A family from the Dharug people. A family whose existence depends on that land. As Thornhill’s attachment to the land deepens, he is driven to a terrible decision that will haunt him for the rest of his life. 

Winner of six Helpmann Awards, including Best Play, Best Direction and Best New Australian Work, The Secret River was heralded as “a stunning, shattering piece of theatre that goes to the heart of our history” (The Sunday Telegraph).

Commissioning and Touring Patrons: David Gonski AC & Orli Wargon OAM, Catriona & Simon Mordant AM

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., Sydney Festival, Perth International Arts Festival and The Centenary of Canberra.

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