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Sugarland

by Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP)
Toured by Performing Lines

Sugarland provides a glimpse into an Australia that feels like a foreign country. This exceptional play will make you laugh, cry and stay with you long after you leave the theatre.

In 2011, playwrights Rachael Coopes (Art House) and Wayne Blair (The Sapphires, Bloodland, The Gods of Wheat Street) engaged in a series of residencies in the town of Katherine (NT). The aim was to create a story that would allow audiences around the country to gain a personal understanding of what life is like growing up in remote Australia. With over two months spent in this unique place gathering stories, making friends and writing, the result is this extraordinary new play. Following the lives of five teenagers and their local youth worker, Sugarland explores an unseen world
of big responsibilities and simple pleasures, of complex issues and elusive solutions and gives insight to lives rarely seen on the Australian stage.

Nina is 16 years old, good at school, has a job at the cinema and one of the best singing voices around. But none of that is important. She needs a place to live. Living with her Aunty in an overcrowded house, things aren’t going well, and it’s getting complicated.

Erica is 16 and the new girl in town. Her Dad’s in the RAAF and the family’s just moved to Katherine. She’s lived all over Australia and every time makes somewhere home, she moves again. She’s so used to being an outsider, she’s stopped trying to fit in.

The only thing they have in common is the music they listen to. Sometimes that’s enough.

If you’re a teacher we’ve got extra information especially for you here.

Suits 14+

Performance approximately 80 minutes with no interval.

 

School Matinee – Friday 27 May 10:30am

Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA, 174-176 William St, Perth WA 6000

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Opening Night – Friday 27 May, 7:30pm

Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA, 174-176 William St, Perth WA 6000

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Saturday SUGARLAND MINI-FESTIVAL

Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA, 174-176 William St, Perth WA 6000

All tickets just $35

First Performance 5:30pm

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Saturday SUGARLAND MINI-FESTIVAL

Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA, 174-176 William St, Perth WA 6000

All tickets just $35

Second Performance 8:30pm

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Find out more about the Mini-festival


School Matinee – Friday 27 May 10:30am

Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA, 174-176 William St, Perth WA 6000

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Creative Team

Writers: Rachael Coopes with Wayne Blair
Directors: Fraser Corfield & David Page
Set Design: Jacob Nash
Costume Design: Ruby Langton-Batty
Lighting Design: Juz McGuire
Sound Design: Guy Webster

Cast

Narek Arman
Eliza Logan
Xanthe Paige
Calen Tassone
Jonas Thomson
Dubs Yunupingu

Sugarland is toured by Performing Lines for Blak Lines, and was commissioned and developed by Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP). The original production was co-directed by Fraser Corfield and David Page. Sugarland is supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW, and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Come early – stay late

On Saturday 28 May we’re creating a mini-festival.

Your ticket to either the 5:30 or 8:30 show gets you into more than just the performance it’s a whole sunset event featuring some fantastic music, chill surrounds and even a silent disco for the folks who just wanna shake it off.

Here’s what’s happening…

4:30 Doors open.

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4:45 Young Robin.
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5:30 Sugarland

7pm David Craft

7:30 House mix and silent disco, featuring music inspired by the show.

8:30 Sugarland 

10pm Silent disco ’til close.

It’s going to be a free flowing evening, if you’ve got a ticket for the 8:30 show you can come in early and see Young Robin and hang out. There’ll be food. If you’re seeing the 5:30 show hang back afterwards and have a dance.

It’s a time for togetherness. Grab your friends and we’ll see you at the State Theatre Centre Saturday 28 May.

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