Girls & Boys

By Dennis Kelly

Season Finished
Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre

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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.

Whether seeing it for the first time, or revisiting, you won’t want to miss this return season of the unanimously praised, breakout hit of the 2022 Adelaide Festival.

Girls & Boys is a clever play intelligently built on quiet passion and no hiding places. It will change your image of Justine Clarke forever – and should result in a swag of awards for her and the production; she is brilliant. Fight for tickets.” Stage Noise

“This is an extraordinary work and with Butel directing the magnificent Justine Clarke, it sings tour de force in all directions.” The Barefoot Review

Working with Justine and the team on this knockout and important play was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Her commitment, talent and bravery were mind-blowing to me and all her witnessed her. The first season of this production completely sold out. Do not miss the chance to catch it this time round. Mitchell

Show Information

110 mins (no interval)

Coarse language, adult themes, family violence themes and descriptions of graphic violence.

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Creative Team

  • Writer

    Dennis Kelly
  • Director

    Mitchell Butel
  • Set & Costume Designer

    Ailsa Paterson
  • Lighting Designer

    Nigel Levings
  • Composer

    Alan John
  • Sound Designer

    Andrew Howard
  • Assistant Director

    Rachel Burke
  • Performer

    Justine Clarke

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Tickets are currently available via Ticketek.


Single Ticket Prices

Adult $85.00
Concession $75.00
Under 30, Full Time Student $39.00

Bookings via State Theatre Company South Australia ticketing incur a $8.95 transaction fee.
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Venue Access

This show will be performed at the Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre.

The recommended Dunstan Playhouse and Space Theatre drop off zone is at the northern end of the Riverbank Footbridge on War Memorial Drive (walk across the Footbridge to Dunstan Playhouse) or at the Intercontinental Hotel (walk north between the Intercontinental Hotel and Railway Station along the lane way to the Riverbank). There is also a drop off area and two accessible car spaces on lower Festival Drive, accessible from the west via Montefiore Road.

Getting to the Venue

Adelaide Festival Centre is easily accessible by public transport, including the tram (stop at Railway Station), trains, buses and a free bus service that operates on a loop throughout the city and North Adelaide with stops on the corner of King William Road and North Terrace.

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