Picnic at Hanging Rock
From the book by Joan Lindsay
Adapted by Tom Wright
NIDA Theatres, Space
9–18 June 2022
St Valentine’s Day, 1900. A picnic to Hanging Rock on a hot summer afternoon. Four school girls from Appleyard College and their teacher mysteriously vanish whilst climbing the rock. Only little Edith, who comes screaming down the rock, is recovered.
A hallmark of the Australian Gothic, Joan Lindsay’s Picnic at Hanging Rock has remained a beguiling nightmare within Australia’s collective cultural imagination since it was first published in 1967. In Tom Wright’s 2016 adaptation, five contemporary schoolgirls retell, re-enact, and are eventually consumed by their attempts to evoke the moments surrounding the fateful day at the rock.
Directed by NIDA alumna Claudia Osborne (Destroy, She Said), Picnic at Hanging Rock is a chilling excavation of a dark Australian myth that will send shivers down the spine.
Claudia Osborne is a Sydney-based theatre director, and the co-director of independent theatre company, FERVOUR. Claudia has worked with Belvoir St Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Griffin Theatre Company and Bell Shakespeare. In 2020 Claudia was one of four emerging practitioners who completed a three-month theatre residency as part of the Create NSW and Griffin Theatre Company Incubator Fellowship.
This production contains discussions of suicide, offensive language, depictions of abuse, haze/smoke effects. Parental guidance is advised.