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Event: The 39 Steps Tangent Evening at SLSA

TANGENT: The 39 Steps

A series of discussions exploring the links between State Theatre Company’s productions and literature, for lovers of words and theatre.

6pm, Monday 25 July
Hetzel Lecture Theatre, Institute Building, State Library of South Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide.

‘The long shadow of Alfred Hitchcock: reinvestigating film noir’

In this unique Tangent event, we look back at Alfred Hitchcock’s masterful body of work and look to the echoes that this work has infused into contemporary film and theatre.

State Theatre Company’s production of The 39 Steps plays in the Dunstan Playhouse, 19 August – 11 September, 2016. Book tickets here.


This Tangent event will be held in the Hetzel Lecture Theatre Institute Building on the Ground Floor of the State Library of South Australia.

Please note: tickets for Tangent are now $7 and bookings essential, register here.

For more information, please contact State Library of South Australia on (08) 8207 7626.


David Ngo is a multi-award winning producer and writer. In 2009 David produced JACKIE’S SPRING PALACE (Tropfest Finalist) starring Master Chef celebrity Poh Ling Yeow and soon signed a development deal with Movie Network Channel. He has since produced the AADC award winning ad campaign for STONECHAPEL WINES, the Sudanese war film PAPER PLANES (California Int. FF: Winner – Best Foreign Film), EP’d the controversial ABC documentary MEATWORK and supervised the AACTA and KidScreen NY award winning animation series THE ADVENTURES OF FIGARO PHO (ABC, Netflix, BBC Kids).

Recently David produced and wrote the multi-award winning drama COLLISION (Flickerfest, Palm Springs), the critically acclaimed feature film ONE EYED GIRL (Austin Film Festival: Winner – Dark Matters Best Picture) and is currently working on the Scandinavian crime-comedy PLAN C (EP: XYZ Films) and Luke Shanahan’s psychological thriller RABBIT (starring Abbey Lee), which won David Best Producer at the 2015 Melbourne International Film Festival.

Ailsa Patterson completed the Bachelor of Dramatic Art in Design (NIDA) in 2003.

Set and Costume Design credits for State Theatre Company include Things I Know to Be True (Costume Design), Mendelssohn’s Dream (with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra), Betrayal (Associate Set Design and Costume Design), Beckett Triptych(Footfalls, Eh Joe, Krapp’s Last Tape), The Importance of Being Earnest, Hedda Gabler (Associate Set Design and Costume Design), In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play, War Mother, The Ham Funeral, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), The Price and The Cripple of Inishmaan.  Costume Design credits include Little Bird, The Seagull and Three Sisters.

Other theatre design credits include Cloudstreet! (Costume Design, State Opera of SA), Naturally (Restless), The Streets (OzAsia Festival 2015), Cranky Bear (Patch), Mouse, Bird and Sausage (Costume Design, Slingsby), Other Desert CitiesSeminar and Skylight (Ensemble), You, Me and the Bloody Sea (Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2013), Ode to Nonsense (Costume Design, Slingsby/State Opera of SA, Shining City (Griffin Theatre Company), Hansel and Gretel and La Sonnambula (Pacific Opera), Faustus and Madame Melville (BSharp), Vampirella, The Internationalist and Bone (Darlinghurst Theatre), A Couple of Blaguards (Seymour Centre/Comedy Theatre), Shifted (Sydney Dance Company) and Debris (Old Fitz /Melbourne Fringe). Ailsa worked on The Straits (ABC), LAID (ABC), Underbelly — A Tale of Two Cities, Underbelly — The Golden Mile, Blue Water High, The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce, Ten Empty, The Boy from Oz Arena Spectacular, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert The Musical and High School Musical. 

Ailsa received the 2011 Mike Walsh Fellowship.