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The smash-hit stage adaptation of the classic Australian coming-of-age mystery
In the sizzling summer of 1965, a bookish 14 year-old boy flees from the boredom and bullying of small-town life by burying himself in stories of epic adventure. He never thought he’d find himself living one.
Charlie Bucktin lives in a tiny, insignificant bush town where nothing happens. Nothing, that is, until the town’s very own Huckleberry Finn – the light-fingered and dark-skinned Jasper Jones – stumbles upon a gruesome crime out by the dam. Who else would he call on for help but the sharpest kid around? A midnight tap at Charlie’s window sparks a race to solve a murder and clear Jasper’s name. Somewhere between Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and classic movie Stand by Me, Kate Mulvany’s adaptation of Craig Silvey’s novel is a bittersweet, joyous coming-of-age yarn set in a community where every weatherboard house hides a dark secret.
Sam Strong’s production of Jasper Jones sold out its Melbourne Theatre Company season and was nominated for four Helpmann awards including Best Play.
Now Brisbane gets to see what all the fuss is about.
Director Sam Strong
Designer Anna Cordingley
Lighting Designer Matt Scott
Sounds Designer Darrin Verhagen
Cast includes Ian Bliss, Shaka Cook, Nicholas Denton, Rachel Gordon, Hayden Spencer, Hoa Xuande and Melanie Zanetti.
Contains medium level, infrequent coarse language, adult themes including conversations around race, death, murder and suicide
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