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World Premiere


Welcome To Your New Life

By Anna Goldsworthy

Season Finished
Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre

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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

Show Information

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

Creative Team

  • Writer

    Anna Goldsworthy
  • Director

    Shannon Rush
  • Composer / Musical Director

    Alan John
  • Lighting Designer

    Gavin Norris
  • Production Designer

    Simon Greer
  • Sound Designer

    Andrew Howard
  • Performer

    Erin James
  • Performer

    Kathryn Adams
  • Performer

    Matt Crook


Single tickets are now on sale!

Tickets can also be purchased via Ticketek:



Single Ticket Prices

Adult $75.00
Concession $65.00
Under 30, Full Time Student $39.00

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

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.


Access Performances

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 tickets@statetheatrecompany.com.au 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.



Tangent Talk

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

Subscriber Briefing

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

Supported by the Office for Ageing Well and Seniors Card, join us for our 2023 A Date With State program, with pre-show tea and coffee before the performance and a post-show Q&A.
11.00am, Wednesday 22 November

Rehearsal Photo Gallery


Seating Plan

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 tickets@statetheatrecompany.com.au.

Venue Access

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/

For information about parking near the Adelaide Festival Centre, please click here.