Shaka in The Secret River

After a celebrated season for Queensland Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company’s The Secret River is moving to the Melbourne Arts Centre. Atelier’s Shaka Cook features in this story of colonial Australia, described as “… a stunning, shattering piece of theatre that goes to the heart of our history“  by The Sunday Telegraph.

Set in the early 19th Century, The Secret River centres around an ex-convict William Thornhill (Nathaniel Dean) who settles his family on the banks of the Hawkesbury River. The true story of ‘terra nullis’ is expertly told, as Thornhill’s family and an Indigenous family face each other, Thornhill makes a decision that will haunt him for the rest of his life.

This season has got rave reviews so far and is not to be missed.

“This is the sort of epic theatre that can shape national identity.”
-Concrete Playground

The Secret River is the ultimate theatrical experience, a complete production, perfectly combining all of the elements, down to the child actors, the musicians and the ash in the fire.”
-XS Entertainment

Shaka Secret River © Heidrun Löhr 2
Trevor Jamieson, Shaka Cook, Madeline Madden and Frances Djulibing in Sydney Theatre Company’s The Secret River. Photo by Heidrun Löhr

10 – 19th March, Melbourne Arts Centre, tickets: https://www.artscentremelbourne.com.au/whats-on/theatre-drama/the-secret-river

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