The Secret River

Thu 22 August to 7th September

A deeply moving and unflinching journey into Australia’s dark history. Adapted from Kate Grenville’s acclaimed novel, this multi-award-winning production from Sydney Theatre Company tells the story of two families divided by culture and land.

William Thornhill arrives in New South Wales a convict from the slums of London. Upon earning his pardon he discovers that this new world offers something he didn’t dare dream of: a place to call his own. But as he plants a crop and lays claim to the soil on the banks of the Hawkesbury River, he finds that this land is not his to take. Its ancient custodians are the Dharug people.

‘Astonishingly beautiful… deeply affecting. Essential viewing.’
Sun Herald

Neil Armfield directs a large ensemble cast, with live music by composer Iain Grandage. This hauntingly poetic production was conceived in collaboration with Aboriginal artists and is performed in Dharug as well as English.

This production is playing at the Edinburgh International Festival from 2 – 11 August.

Talks and events

Director Neil Armfield on The Secret River Wed 28 Aug, 5.45pm

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