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This exceptional new play will make you laugh, cry and stay with you long after you leave the theatre.

THEATRE: SUGARLAND

15 Jun 2016 - 16 Jun 2016 | 11am & 8pm

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AUSTRALIAN THEATRE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND PERFORMING LINES PRESENTS
Sugarland

This exceptional new play will make you laugh, cry and stay with you long after you leave the theatre.

Nina is 16 years old, good at school, has a job at the cinema and one of the best singing voices around. But none of that is important. She needs a place to live. Living with her Aunty in an overcrowded house, things aren’t going well, and it’s getting complicated. 

Erica is 16 and the new girl in town. Her dad’s in the RAAF and the family’s just moved to Katherine. She’s lived all over Australia and every time she makes somewhere home, she moves again. She’s so used to being an outsider, she’s stopped trying to fit in. The only thing they have in common is the music they listen to. Sometimes that’s enough. 

In 2011, playwrights Rachael Coopes (Art House) and Wayne Blair (The Sapphires,BloodlandThe Gods of Wheat Street) engaged in a series of residencies in the town of Katherine (NT). The aim was to create a story that would allow audiences around the country to gain a personal understanding of what life is like growing up in remote Australia. With over two months spent in this unique place gathering stories, making friends and writing, the result is this extraordinary new play.

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AUSTRALIAN THEATRE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND PERFORMING LINES PRESENTS Sugarland

Nina is 16 years old, good at school, has a job at the cinema and one of the best singing voices around. But none of that is important. She needs a place to live. Living with her Aunty in an overcrowded house, things aren’t going well, and it’s getting complicated. 

Erica is 16 and the new girl in town. Her dad’s in the RAAF and the family’s just moved to Katherine. She’s lived all over Australia and every time she makes somewhere home, she moves again. She’s so used to being an outsider, she’s stopped trying to fit in. The only thing they have in common is the music they listen to. Sometimes that’s enough. 

In 2011, playwrights Rachael Coopes (Art House) and Wayne Blair (The Sapphires,BloodlandThe Gods of Wheat Street) engaged in a series of residencies in the town of Katherine (NT). The aim was to create a story that would allow audiences around the country to gain a personal understanding of what life is like growing up in remote Australia. With over two months spent in this unique place gathering stories, making friends and writing, the result is this extraordinary new play.

THE CREATIVE TEAM

Writers Rachael Coopes with Wayne Blair 
Directors David Page and Fraser Corfield 
Set Design Jacob Nash 
Ticketsume Design Ruby Langton-Batty 
Lighting Design Juz McGuire 
Sound Design Guy Webster

Commissioned by Australian Theatre for Young People

REVIEWS:

- ‘...fresh and profound...' Sydney Arts Guide, Sydney

- ‘…The characters are diverse and complex and the cast, without exception, are all talented and in touch with their environment and its powerful effect on them….’ Sydney Arts Guide, Sydney

- ‘…beautiful, rich, and rewarding, * * * * 4/5…’ Artshub

- ‘…Amongst the politics and racism and bureaucracy, the five young people in Sugarland navigate their way through this uncertain terrain with love, grace, humour, resilience and a desire to keep going…’ Artshub

- ‘…you get a sense of young people forging a family for themselves that transcends race and age and circumstance…’ Time Out, Sydney

- ‘...a beautifully-calibrated play, pitched perfectly to the adolescent ear and with a compassion for its characters that transcends the alliance of similar ages – this is a play for young people, but it’s an important play for everyone.' Aussie Theatre, Sydney

Event Information

LocationTheatre

Duration80 minutes
(no interval)

Ages15+

CostADULT $25
Concession $20
Seniors $15

School groups (10+)
$15pp


Phone02 9824 1121

Emailreception@casulapowerhouse.com

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