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Hydra

When:

Wed 15 May 2019, 6:30pm–8:30pm
Thu 16 May 2019, 8:00pm–10:00pm
Fri 17 May 2019, 8:00pm–10:00pm
Sat 18 May 2019, 8:00pm–10:00pm
Sun 19 May 2019, 3:00pm–5:00pm

Where: Dunstan Playhouse, King William Street, Adelaide CBD, South Australia

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $84.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: sophier7t

State Theatre Company and Queensland Theatre in association with Adelaide Festival Centre.

By Sue Smith

A decorated war correspondent and a talented young journalist meet, fall in love and set off on a global adventure, leaving scandal behind them in post-World War II Australia.

It’s 1956 and Australia’s famous literary couple, George Johnston and Charmian Clift have moved to the Greek island of Hydra to focus their lives fully on their writing. Charmian, a burgeoning writing talent, creatively dominated by the tuberculosis ridden George, throws herself into this new community. Meanwhile, as George determinedly crafts what would become his Miles Franklin Award-winning masterpiece, My Brother Jack, their marriage becomes increasingly strained and they discover that living in paradise has a price.

State Theatre Company favourite Sue Smith (Kryptonite, Machu Picchu, Brides of Christ) has crafted a sweeping tale told from the perspective of George and Charmian’s eldest son Martin, chronicling George Johnston and Charmian Clift’s time as the figureheads of Hydra’s bohemian expat community. Starring Nathan O’Keefe (Macbeth) as Martin and Anna McGahan (from TV’s Picnic at Hanging Rock, Dr Blake Mysteries and Underbelly) as Charmian, Hydra brings a soaring emotional tale of two extraordinary literary lives to the stage.