State Theatre Company South Australia in association with Adelaide Festival presents

Girls & Boys

By Dennis Kelly

25 Feb — 12 Mar 2022
Odeon Theatre

I'll never let you go.

She meets him in an airport queue and sparks fly. Their passionate love affair takes them to marriage, a mortgage, and children – an ordinary family life. Her natural working-class wit works to her advantage, and unexpectedly she starts rising above her allotted rung on the British social ladder. The power dynamic between them shifts – imperceptible cracks become yawning gulfs – but when the house they built begins to fall, nothing prepares her for what happens next.

The innocent sounding Girls & Boys is a searing one woman show by Dennis Kelly, the celebrated wordsmith of in-yer-face classics like Osama the Hero and DNA, as well as the masterful dialogue for Tim Minchin’s Matilda. A high-wire act balancing comedy and drama which has stunned audiences in London and New York, its stellar solo role is brilliantly filled here by Justine Clarke, whose versatility has seen her adored by audiences for her work on Play School to ARIA Award-winning albums and darker, powerhouse turns in Love My Way, Tangle and Look Both Ways.

A ticking time bomb, Girls & Boys is an engrossing, edge-of-your-seat play that shifts gears from Fleabag-like wit and mischief to harrowing shock in a matter of seconds, and it will leave you breathless.

The energy and the vividness of the writing never lets up.” – The Independent

Blazing intensity… It’s a piece that nags away at you after you have left the theatre.” – Financial Times

Be prepared to be rocked to the core.” – New York Daily News

Justine Clarke is one of the kindest, loveliest and most charming people in the business. And one of Australia’s most prolific and skilled actresses. I’m thrilled that I get to direct her in her debut for State Theatre Company South Australia in this incredible, disturbing and surprising work that is guaranteed to shake you. Mitchell

Run time: 95 mins (no interval) – strictly no latecomers admitted

Content: Coarse language, adult themes and descriptions of graphic violence.
Age Guide: 16+

  • Director

    Mitchell Butel
  • Set & Costume Designer

    Ailsa Paterson
  • Lighting Designer

    Nigel Levings
  • Sound Designer

    Andrew Howard
  • Starring

    Justine Clarke


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Access Performances

Audio Described Performances and Pre-Show Briefing
Saturday, 5 March, 1:00pm briefing, 2:00pm performance
Monday 7 March, 5:30pm briefing, 6:30pm performance

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Venue Access

Girls & Boys is being held at the Odean Theatre at 57a Queen Street, Norwood SA 5067.

Located at 57a Queen Street, Norwood, there is a range of free street parking options around the Theatre and in sections of side streets of Norwood. Time limited parking options are available on The Parade and car park facilities are available at several locations in Norwood. Click here for details.

Please make sure you plan your journey to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the performance start time as it can take more than 10 minutes to find a park, get to the Theatre and be seated in time.

There is a loading zone at the front entrance of the Theatre which can be used as an accessible drop off point.

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