The Secret River archiveWilliam 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.


Author: Kate Grenville
Adapted by: Andrew Bovell
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Archive listings for The Secret River

Work type: Play.


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.Company Sydney Theatre Company. Director Neil Armfield. Other Stephen Page (artistic associate). Design Stephen Curtis. Costume Tess Schofield. Lighting Mark Howett. Music Iain Grandage. Sound Steve Francis. Director Geordie Brookman (tour director).
22 Aug 19 to 7 Sep 19Olivier (National Theatre), West End :: V373
listing details L0399715728
2 Aug 19 to 11 Aug 19King's Theatre, Edinburgh :: V601
listing details L1246120785

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