This month at Playhouse, QPAC, Queensland Theatre Company presents a Sydney Theatre Company production of The Secret River – a stage adaptation of the iconic novel by Kate Grenville.

Adapted for the stage by Andrew Bovell, The Secret River tells the powerful story of two families divided by culture and land and features one of Australia’s largest creative teams, an incredible set and a cast of 22 actors.

Directed by Neil Armfield (whose films include Holding the Man and Candy) The Secret River features a stellar line up of Australian actors with award-winner Nathaniel Dean (Underbelly, Bikie Wars, Puberty Blues and Candy), celebrated theatre and film actor, Trevor Jamieson (Rabbit Proof Fence and TV Series My Place, The Circuit and Lockie Leonard) and TV and film actress, Ningali Lawford-Wolf (Rabbit Proof Fence, Bran Nue Dae and 3 Acts of Murder).

The play begins on the banks of the Hawkesbury River with an introduction to William Thornhill, a man born into brutal poverty in London and exiled to the Colony of New South Wales.

On the river he sees an opportunity to be something more than he could ever have dreamed and claims 100 acres of land, only to discover that the land is not his to take. It is owned and occupied by the Dharug people.

The story then unravels the narrative of two families – one settler, one Indigenous, and as Thornhill’s attachment to this place and his dream of a better life deepens, he is driven to make a choice that will haunt him for the rest of his life.

Winner of six Helpmann Awards including Best Play, Best Direction and Best New Australian Work, The Secret River has been heralded as “a stunning, shattering piece of theatre that goes to the heart of our history” (The Sunday Telegraph).

The Secret River is a poignant yet compelling tale about the dramatic beginnings of colonial Australia that will leave your mind racing and your heart beating. When a connection is drawn so clearly between then and now, history starts to seem very close.

The Secret River opens at the Playhouse, Queensland Performing Arts Centre on Saturday 27 February and runs until 5 March.

For more information and for tickets visit or call 136 246.

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