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Earlier this year, Artistic Director Geordie Brookman said 2017 would be our most ambitious season yet.

He was right. As a result, this season has smashed attendance and ticket sale records, making 2017 our most successful year to date.

The Secret River (a Sydney Theatre Company production presented by State Theatre Company with the Adelaide Festival), recorded more than 14,000 attendances while 1984 travelled to Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Canberra and Brisbane. Both shows became the two highest grossing shows in State Theatre Company history. Overall, we sold more than 54,000 tickets and brought in more than $2.8 million at the box office.

While the stats are glowing, the most important thing always has been – and always will be – the work itself. Season 2017 was both ambitious and bold. We commissioned brand new Australian works including Sista Girl by Elena Carapetis and Alexis West (which is in the running for a 2017 Ruby Award) and dark comedy Vale by Nicki Bloom. We presented the Australian premiere of the wildly creative Mr Burns: A Post-Electric Play by Anne Washburn (co-produced with Belvoir) and created an Australia production of Duncan MacMillan’s and Robert Icke’s engrossing 1984. We crafted new adaptations of classics A Doll’s House (adapted by Elena Carapetis) and Macbeth, and presented the South Australian premiere of Joanna Murray-Smith’s new Australian classic, Switzerland.

And not only did we set records this year, we pushed boundaries. For the first time since John Gaden’s artistic directorship in the ‘80s, we formed a professional Ensemble made up of six Adelaide actors, marking an exciting new direction for State Theatre Company and local arts scene. We turned Anstey Hill Quarry into a stunning outdoor amphitheatre and captured the hearts of all those who saw The Secret River. We also cemented our position as a touring company by heading around Australia and regional SA with The Popular Mechanicals, Sista Girl and 1984 and the third production and second UK tour of Andrew Bovell’s Things I Know To Be True, our co-production with internationally renowned Frantic Assembly.

Phew! It’s been a big year. See you for an even bigger season in 2018.