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Tangent: Euphoria - 12 April, 6pm

Lean On Me: The Highs and Lows of Community

Euphoria brings to life a South Australian regional community, full of love, pain, complexity and humour. Informed by real conversations, Euphoria was developed over two years with playwright Emily Steel visiting and connecting with South Australian communities.

Before you see the show, join Emily Steel and special guests Sally Francis (Arts in Health at Flinders Medical Centre) and Adan Richards (Peer Support at Neami International) in a deep dive into the themes of Euphoria, including the joys and challenges of living in rural and remote areas. The talk will be hosted by State Theatre Company South Australia Artistic Director, Mitchell Butel.

Date: Monday, 12 April 2021

Time: Arrive at 5:30pm for a 6pm start. The talk will conclude at 7pm.

Location: Level 2, Flinders University, 182 Victoria Square, Adelaide 5000

Tickets: $10 including a drink on arrival

Meet the Panel

Emily Steel
Emily Steel is a playwright who developed and wrote Euphoria, commissioned by Country Arts SA.

Her stage plays include 19 weeks (Jill Blewett Playwright’s Award, Melbourne Fringe Tour Ready Award, Best Show – ATG Curtain Call Awards 2018 and Best Theatre Award Adelaide Fringe 2017), Impersonal Space with Company AT (DreamBIG), Rabbits (State Theatre Company South Australia Umbrella production), Sepia (Melbourne Fringe Tour Ready Award – Adelaide Fringe 2012), Rocket Town (Adelaide Festival Centre inSpace Development Award – Adelaide Fringe 2011), and Station and Six for Sherman Cymru Theatre (Wales).

Her audio plays include 19 weeks (Audio Award, AWGIES 2019), Frank and the Bear, Bite and Boom Boom (BBC Radio 4) and an audio version of Rabbits, released as a podcast by Theatre Republic. She came up with the original concept for State Theatre Company South Australia/ActNow’s Decameron 2.0, and was one of the core writers on that project. She directed a filmed version of 19 weeks, recently screened by ArtPower at UC San Diego, and was a participant in the first Spark TV Development Workshop (Matchbox Pictures and Epic Films, supported by SAFC).

She also runs The Itch, a scratch night for SA theatre makers. She has taught playwriting at the University of Adelaide and Adelaide College of the Arts, mentored young writers for ATYP/Carclew and through the Helpmann Academy, led writing workshops in schools for Riverland Youth Theatre and worked with Country Arts SA in regional communities.

She is currently working on new plays for State Theatre Company South Australia and Theatre Republic.


Sally Francis
Sally Francis is Arts Coordinator, Arts in Health at FMC, Flinders Medical Centre (SA), which integrates arts into the daily life of the hospital and enhances FMC’s role as a leading health-promoting hospital. Arts in Health at FMC has been operating since 1996 and is one of the largest and most well-regarded hospital-based arts in health programs in Australia, known nationally and internationally for high quality and innovative programming. Sally trained as a nurse in the UK and has a background in community health, visual arts practice and arts management. She is a keen advocate for developing state-based government support for arts in health and promotes the inclusion of hospital-based arts in health programs throughout hospitals in Australia. She has presented widely at conferences both in Australia and overseas.

Sally was a Director of the national Institute for Creative Health and (former) Co-Chair of the SA Creative Health Leadership Group. In 2007 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to travel to the UK and Ireland to study hospital-based arts in health programs. In 2008 she assisted SA Health with the development of the South Australian Arts and Health Partnership Agreement and in 2013 worked on the development of the National Arts in Health Framework. She is a member of the PwC Arts + Health Project Working Group and is an SA Representative on the  Arts and Health Community of Practice for the Australasian Healthcare Infrastructure Alliance.


Adan Richards
Adan is a peer support worker at Neami International.  He has previously worked for youth mental health organisation batyr and national youth mental health foundation Headspace, and been a representative on the South Australian Mental Health Commission’s Youth Advisory Group. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree (Honours) in Psychology.