Program with heart
through the daily lives of residents of the small town of Grover’s Corner,” Watson said.
“We’re giving this production of Our Town a particularly local flavour where three sensational actors will be joined by a community of citizens.”
You Know We Belong Together is back by popular demand in March after a sold-out season this year at the Perth Festival.
The tell-all production starring Julia Hales follows her life living with Down syndrome and her 20-year acting career with a dream to be on Home and Away.
May brings Jane Bodie’s new play Water, which could not be more timely given Australia’s current political climate.
“In Water the father was a Prime Minister and he was responsible for stopping the boats. We meet them at their family holiday house for a birthday party. They are in drought, there are no birds in the sky and the sins of the past are about to come home to roost,” Watson said.
The Torrents will be presented in June as a coproduction between BSSTC and Sydney Theatre Company starring a funny cast including Celia Pacquola before it transfers for a season at Sydney Opera House.
The 1955 play by Oriel Gray was a joint prize winner with Summer of the Seventeenth Doll which went on to have much more success.
“Why? Was it because the playwright was a woman or could it be because she was a member of the Communist Party?” Watson said.
Medea will run in August, written by Kate Mulvany and Anne-Louise Sarks who have taken inspiration from Euripides’ famous Greek tragedy and brought it to present day.
Contemporary Australian writer Nakkiah Lui’s Black is the New White will be presented in September, deemed by Watson as “a play that will be a classic in years to come”.
“It’s hilarious and about an Indigenous family who get together for a Christmas party and one of the daughters brings home her boyfriend to join the festivities; the only problem is he’s white,” she said.
“This is Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner meets Meet the Fockers.”
Finishing the year in October is Barking Gecko co-production Fully Sikh by slam poet Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa, who performed on Australia’s Got Talent and reflects on how she got there.
“We learn about her culture, her faith and her family. She invites us to be part of her world that is more tolerant and full of colour,” Watson said.