STATE THEATRE COMPANY SOUTH AUSTRALIA PRESENTS
By Anna Goldsworthy
When Anna, a pianist and perfectionist, falls pregnant with her first child, her excitement is tempered by the daunting journey ahead. She shares the dizzying wonder and crippling anxiety that comes with creating new life. Should she indulge her craving for sausage after sixteen years of not eating meat? Will her birth plan involve Enya or hypnosis, or neither? And just how worried should she be about her baby falling into a composting toilet?
Anna Goldsworthy has turned her captivating memoir into a captivating play which combines warmth, humour and surprise to reveal the love that binds families together.
This world premiere production evokes the shock of plunging into a life-changing adventure and the kicking required to return to the surface.
With live songs and an all-star South Australian cast including Erin James, acclaimed for her AACTA-nominated role in The Little Death, alongside Kathryn Adams and Matt Crook, this charming but delightfully affecting and hilarious account of pregnancy and early motherhood melds Up the Duff candour with Lena Dunham-like wit, and will have you laughing, sighing and crying in recognition.
Praise for the memoir…
“Radiant truth-telling, straight-faced, savoury humour and rigorous honesty. It’s simply beautiful, moving and generous – and welcome.” The Australian
“This is a story at once completely universal and incredibly vivid.” Sydney Morning Herald
“There are few books that have made me howl with laughter as this one has… A deliciously subversive read.” Melbourne Review
I have a talent crush on Anna Goldsworthy. I admit it. A brilliant writer, musician, teacher, festival director and also, a mother whose love and generosity and good-humoured approach to parenthood and life is a lesson for us all. How fantastic to see Shannon Rush, director of the brilliant Cathedral in 2022, helm her first as Artistic Associate for the Company. Mitchell
Welcome To Your New Life is generously supported by Sarah and Geoff Rohrsheim
Contains adult themes, some coarse language, and references to parenting and child birth trauma. Show contains haze and strobe lighting effects.
Approx 2 hours including a 20 minute interval
BABY FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE – more info
Babes in Arms $40.00
Bookings via State Theatre Company South Australia ticketing incur a $8.95 transaction fee.
Bookings via Ticketek incur an $9.25 transaction fee.
Visit the Ticket Price page for the full list of subscription and single ticket prices.
Audio Described Performances and Pre-Show Briefing for blind and low-vision patrons
Monday 20 November, 5.30pm (briefing), 6.30pm (performance with post-show Q and A).
Please note the Audio Described Performance previously scheduled for Saturday 18 November has been cancelled.
Visit the Access page for more information on our Access Program.
Baby Friendly Performance
State Theatre Company South Australia are pleased to offer this special ‘Babes in Arms’ Baby Friendly performance of WELCOME TO YOUR NEW LIFE. For the discounted ticket price of $40, parents are invited to attend the show with their babies in-arms. Special accommodations will be provided, including dimmed house lighting and no lockouts through the performance. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 08 8415 5333 for more information.
– 11am, Thursday 16 November
Can I purchase a ticket to this performance without a baby?
Yes, this performance is open to all audiences and not just parents with babies. However, the discounted ticket price reflects the potential impact on the audience experience.
Can I bring my toddler / child?
Welcome to Your New Life will not be suitable for children and we do not recommend bringing toddlers or children to this performance. The special ticket price is only intended for parents with babies in-arms. A separate ticket will need to be purchased for children who require their own seat.
Can I bring a pram / capsule / baby carrier?
There is no room for prams or carriers inside the Space Theatre. These will need to be parked / stored in the foyer.
What if I need to leave during the performance?
As a special accommodation for this performance, audience members will be free to leave and return to their seats throughout the show. Venue staff will be on hand to assist with navigation back to your seat.
Get the story behind the story with our Tangent Talk series at the State Library of South Australia. Before you see the show, join us for a drink and panel discussion.
– 5.30pm, Monday 23 October
2023 Subscribers are invited to join us for an exclusive Subscriber Briefing to learn more about the creation of the show.
– 6.00pm, Monday 6 November
Post Show Q&As
We hold Q&As with our artists and creative teams so that you can ask questions about the production.
– 20 November
– 22 November Matinee
A Date with State
View the standard seating plan for the Space Theatre (please note, this plan may not reflect the seating which will be in place for this production). For more detail, please contact our Ticketing team on 08 8415 5353 or email@example.com.
This show will be performed at the Space Theatre, 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.
For more information visit https://www.adelaidemetro.com.au/
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