Picnic at Hanging Rock

Picnic at Hanging Rock

Retelling this classic tale, which has haunted the Australian psyche for years, fires the darkest reaches of the imagination.

Overview

On a summer’s day in 1900, during a trip to a volcanic beauty spot in rural Victoria, three schoolgirls and their teacher inexplicably vanish, never to be seen again. Giving a contemporary spin to Joan Lindsay’s cult 1967 book, this production features five female narrators whose efforts at reconstructing the mystery are overtaken by primal forces. Amid looming hysteria, their story twists and distorts, guiding us from civilisation and order to somewhere hostile, vast and unknown.

Offering a vision of psychological breakdown as the illusion of genteel society is torn apart in an ancient land, Picnic at Hanging Rock is a sublimely unsettling theatrical experience that sends shivers down the spine. Gripping performances rip through time and are matched by an eerie soundscape and lighting design that summon the mysteries of the outback.

Critic reviews

I admired the production's uncompromising clout.

The Independent

Cult story made creepily compelling and politically potent in this jagged dreamscape

The Stage

Mesmerising

The Guardian

Date & time

Show ended
Wed 21 Feb - Sat 24 Feb, 2.30pm & 7.45pm

Venue

Silk Street EC2Y 8DS London, UK · Get Directions

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