Adapted by Tom Wright from the novel by Joan Lindsay.

Directed by Matthew Woods

Presented by imaginary beasts

October 12-27


The beasts are proud to present the regional premiere by a fringe company of a thrilling new adaptation of Joan Lindsay’s much-loved novel, Picnic at Hanging Rock. Written by Tom Wright, this enigmatic take on the Australian classic examines our imaginative longings and fears while weaving a chilling tale of repressed emotions and simmering violence. On St. Valentine’s Day, in the year 1900, a group of students from a girl’s finishing school set out to visit the geological marvel known as Hanging Rock.

Three of the party never return. Their disappearance — and its ultimate unsolvability — has a peculiar, even devastating, effect on those who are left behind. Told from the perspective of a chorus of school girls who gather to re-enact and make sense of the story, Picnic at Hanging Rock takes a potent, poetic peek at what lies beneath.

Performed by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.