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A Sydney Theatre Company production presented by State Theatre Company and Adelaide Festival

By Kate Grenville | An adaptation for the stage by Andrew Bovell

The Secret River

Season Finished
Anstey Hill Quarry, Tea Tree Gully

Dates & Times

February 2017

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March 2017

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Opening Night
Audio Described


After sold-out seasons at the Sydney and Perth Festivals and in Melbourne, Brisbane, and Canberra, the great Australian director Neil Armfield’s legendary production finally comes to Adelaide, marking his first year as Co-Artistic Director of the Adelaide Festival.

A stunning adaptation by master playwright Andrew Bovell (Things I Know To Be True) of Kate Grenville’s multi-award-winning novel, The Secret River follows William Thornhill, a convict shipped out from London to New South Wales. Along with his family, Thornhill tries to establish himself on the Hawkesbury River, but as he makes contact with the true owners of the land, the Dharug people, tensions rise and he is set on a path to a shocking conclusion.

Staged in the magical setting of an abandoned quarry at Anstey Hill, as was Peter Brook’s legendary The Mahabharata in the 1988 Festival, this six Helpmann Award winning production is a theatrical epic that promises to be one of the theatre events of the decade. Simply unmissable.


Important Information

Please note a change in start time from our brochure. All shows will commence at 7:30pm.

Run time: 2hr & 50mins (including interval)

Anstey Hill Quarry is approximately 25 minutes from the CBD.

Subscriber Briefing

Tues 14 February 6:00pm, Space Theatre


  • All performances starts at 7.30pm and the duration is approximately 2 hours 50 minutes. There is one interval.

  • Yes – all seating is allocated by row and seat number in advance. Our staff will assist you to find the right seats.

  • The performance will take place at the Anstey Hill Recreation Park at Tea Tree Gully.

    It is accessible on foot from North East Road through the Park’s Gate 1 entrance (about 100 metres East of the Gully Hotel).

    The Car Park entrance will be accessible off Perseverance Road (Gate 2).

  • By Car/Parking

    The travel time from the CBD of Adelaide is approximately 30 minutes depending on traffic.

    There will be a carpark area created on site, within the park, with a $10 parking fee applicable (please bring cash). Access will be off Perseverance Road. From the Car Park there is a 400m (10-15 minute) walk up a graded track (with a slight incline) through the bush to the performance area.

    For those with mobility issues, a shuttle service will be available to transport you from the Car Park to the performance area.

    Advance bookings are not available for the Car Park. The Car Park is being operated by the Rotary Club of Morialta and part proceeds are going towards their support of Indigenous Health Scholarships.


    State Theatre Company will be running a return trip bus service to the show each night. A bus will leave from the Convention Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide at 6.00pm travelling express to drop off right at the performance area. It will then return to the city immediately after the performance. The bus will arrive back in the city at approximately 11pm.
    Cost: $15 return.

    Please note: Capacity is limited. Tickets must be booked online at least 48 hours in advance via the link below. No money will be accepted on the day.
    Click here to book now


    A licenced taxi will charge approximately $45 each way. Uber is likely to be cheaper but rates vary depending on demand.

    Public Transport

    There is a bus service (Route 557 from the Adelaide CBD) to Tea Tree Gully and the site is a further walk of about 10 – 15 minutes from the closest bus stop (Stop 51B). About 1 hour would need to be allowed for travel from the CBD. Information on bus routes and timetables is available via Adelaide Metro.

  • The walk from both the park’s main entrance (off North East Road) is approximately 400 metres uphill via a sealed road. The walk from the Car Park area inside the park to the performance site is also approximately 400m via a graded track (at a slight incline).

    For those not capable of walking this distance from the Car Park, a shuttle service will be able to transport you from the Car Park to the performance site.

  • Wheelchair Accessibility

    There are reserved seats for pre-booked wheelchair seating in the front row of the auditorium.

    Patrons with Limited Mobility

    There will be a small designated parking area separate from the main carpark, right next to the performance area for those with a valid disabled parking permit. Accessible parking sites are limited, so we advise you to let us know you are coming in advance so that you ensure you don’t miss out. Please email us on info@statetheatrecompany with details of the performance you are attending.

    Patrons with Vision Problems

    There will be an Audio Described performance on Tuesday March 14th with a Touch Tour and Briefing prior to the show at 6.30pm.

    Patrons with Hearing Problems

    Unfortunately we are not able to assist with audio reinforcement as this is an improvised venue. We recommend that you check your seats carefully when booking and request seats towards the front. As sales are quite strong, you may have to check availability on a number of performances to secure seats towards the front.

  • If the performance is not sold out, limited tickets will be available to purchase from the bar on site on the night. Availability is not guaranteed, so we recommend you pre-purchase your tickets via BASS to secure your seat.

  • There will be toilets, a bar, and hot beverages are available for purchase. The Gully Hotel are serving light meals and hot snacks on site from 6pm each evening in The Secret River bar area, with EFTPOS facilities available..

    We would recommend you try the local pubs and restaurants right out the front of the park, The Fox and Firkin, Ruby Raja, Mangosteen, The Topiary Cafe and the Tea Tree Gully Hotel.

  • As the performance is outdoors without any cover, the show will be susceptible to the weather. In the event of cancellation due to forecast rain or catastrophic fire danger, BASS will notify ticket holders via text message or email to arrange ticket transfers or refunds. The Adelaide Festival website will also be updated regularly in the event of extreme forecast weather, so if you are unsure whether a performance is going ahead, please check the website for details.

  • As the show is being held in a national park we would recommend sensible footwear. Remember that, even on a hot day in Adelaide, the temperature can drop significantly after nightfall, so we advise you to check the forecast and dress appropriately. We strongly suggest you bring a jacket and/or blanket.

  • Director

    Neil Armfield
  • Artistic Associate

    Stephen Page
  • Set Designer

    Stephen Curtis
  • Costume Designer

    Tess Schofield
  • Lighting Designer

    Mark Howett
  • Composer

    Iain Grandage
  • Sound Designer

    Steve Francis
  • Cast

    Georgia Adamson
    Joshua Brennan
    Jaydan Bush
    Liam Clarke
    Shak Cook
    Marcus Corowa
    Liam Daughtry
    Jules Dawson,
    Hugo De Guzman
    Nathaniel Dean
    Frances Djulibing
    Stephen Goldsmith
    Jennifer Hagan
    Ningali Lawford-Wolf
    Dylan Miller
    Colin Moody
    Richard Piper
    Sebastien Skubala
    Bruce Spence
    Matthew Sunderland
    Natasha Wanganeen

Dates & Times

February 2017

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March 2017

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    • ON
    • AD
Opening Night
Audio Described