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Things I Know To Be True Closes In UK

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State Theatre Company’s co-production with UK theatre company Frantic Assembly Things I Know To Be True completed its highly successful UK tour last Saturday night in Chichester. After 72 performances given to 31,000 people across the UK, and 30 performances given to 12,000 people in Adelaide and Canberra, 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.

Co-directed by State Theatre Company Artistic Director Geordie Brookman and Frantic Assembly’s Artistic Director Scott Graham, the production had its world premiere in Adelaide before transferring to London for a season at the Lyric Hammersmith with a UK cast, followed by a regional five city UK tour in which virtually all performances have sold out and elicited standing ovations.

Geordie Brookman said “The barnstorming success of ‘Things I Know To Be True’ in Australia and the UK has been the stuff that dreams are made of. It’s put State Theatre Company firmly on the world stage and comprehensively proven that our long term approach to the development of new work and belief in innovative theatre making is the path to future growth.”

Critics in Australia and the UK have fallen in love and audiences are raving:

The Daily Telegraph
5 stars
‘This is a thing of beauty.’

The Sunday Mail
5 stars

British Theatre
5 stars
‘It is stunning.  Simply stunning.’

The London Standard
5 stars
‘Scott Graham and Geordie Brookman share directing duties and have crafted something appealingly tender. The staging is fluent — inventive without being grandiose, and at times genuinely beautiful. Gorgeous music by Nils Frahm underscores the mix of warm humanity and sadness.’

The Guardian Australia
4 stars
‘tender, physical and deeply relatable’
‘an audacious step for the STCSA that pays off in a beautiful story grounded in Adelaide, but looking towards the world.’
<‘This is a thing of beauty.’

The Independent
4 stars
‘The result is an occasion in which the bite of psychological realism and the glowing ache of stage poetry are brought together unforgettably.’
‘Genuinely haunting and fervently recommended.’

The Times
4 stars
‘Both down to earth and gently magical’
‘The physical flourishes heighten the emotions in Andrew Bovell’s script.’
‘Geoff Cobham’s gorgeous semi-furnished set , teamed with Nils Frahm’s ambient soundtrack coddles us in a twilight glow.’

The Australian
‘Bovell’s writing is beautifully modulated to the emotional nuances of his play’s complexities’

Stage Whispers
‘What sets this production apart from any other family melodrama is its execution. The choreography speaks volumes with its display of unity – movement that highlights strength and accountability.’

Australian Book Review
4 stars ‘It’s good, it’s really good. Of course it is – Bovell is unquestionable one of our best writers for the stage, an architect whose impeccably wrought plays hum with truth and compassion, shadowed by the melancholia of regret and stifled feeling.’

GlamAdelaide
“Shocking, hilarious and gripping… The funny, moving and beautiful narrative is transformed in a highly visual and physical piece. Underneath its humour and art lies a universal exploration of fear and love in an unmissable production.”