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South Australia’s Story Taken To The World: Second UK Tour of ‘Thing I Know To Be True’

Following a hugely successful 2016 Australian and UK tour, State Theatre Company South Australia and Frantic Assembly’s critically acclaimed Things I Know To Be True will return to delight audiences in the UK from 27 September 2017. Andrew Bovell’s play will tour to Oxford Playhouse, The Lowry in Salford, Leicester Curve, Mercury Theatre in Colchester, York Theatre Royal, Chester Storyhouse, Southampton’s Nuffield, Poole Lighthouse and London’s Lyric Hammersmith.

After 72 performances given to 31,000 people across the UK, and 30 performances given to 12,000 people in Australia, this international co-production of Andrew Bovell’s new play has been a huge success for State Theatre Company and Frantic Assembly, ‘melding an Australian sensibility of storytelling with the styling of contemporary British theatre’ as put by The Guardian Australia.

As beautifully touching as it is funny and bold, Things I Know To Be True tells the story of a family and marriage through the eyes of four grown siblings struggling to define themselves beyond their parents’ love and expectations.

Parents Bob and Fran have worked their fingers to the bone and with their four children grown and ready to fly the nest it might be time to relax and enjoy the roses. But the changing seasons bring home some shattering truths.

Andrew Bovell said, “The only reason to write a play is for it to reach an audience and for it to mean something to them when it does. I’m thrilled that UK audiences will have another chance to see this wonderful production.”

Scott Graham (Artistic Director, Frantic Assembly) said, “I am immensely proud of this collaboration. It melted hearts on its first Australian and UK tours and I am looking forward to new audiences engaging with this beautiful play.”

Geordie Brookman (Artistic Director, State Theatre Company) said, ‘We are tremendously proud of the way this gem of an Australian play has connected with U.K. audiences and feel blessed that, alongside our friends at Frantic Assembly, we can take the production to an even wider audience.”

Created through State Theatre Company’s detailed play development model and co-directed by State Theatre Company’s Helpmann Award nominated Artistic Director Geordie Brookman and Frantic Assembly’s Tony and Olivier Award nominated Artistic Director Scott Graham, Things I Know To Be True is a complex and intense study of the mechanics of a family that is both poetic and brutally frank.

Andrew Bovell is regarded as one of Australia’s greatest storytellers, for critically acclaimed plays including When The Rain Stops Falling, Speaking In Tongues and an adaptation of Kate Grenville’s The Secret River, as well as screen work including Lantana and A Most Wanted Man.