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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.

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