Riverside's National Theatre of Parramatta Embarks on First Tour with Jane Harrison's Stolen
Directed by renowned Indigenous performance maker, Vicki Van Hout, Stolen presents a fresh take on Harrison's classic Australian play that tells the stories of five individuals from the Stolen Generations.
Reflecting the pain, poignancy and sheer desperation of 'The Lost Children', Stolen follows the children's experiences as they struggle to make sense of a world where they have been told to forget their families, their homes and their culture.
Segregated from their community, the children begin their journey 'home' after their release but not all of them successfully. A deep desire to belong runs throughout the play.
As relevant today as when it was first staged over 20 years ago, this moving production revisits Harrison's important historical text in the context of today and is a must-see for all Australians.
"It is important that works like Stolen, which reveal a social atrocity, remain in the public realm because they act as reminders to behave with kindness and integrity,' said Van Hout. 'These works do more than entertain, they are a symbol, a magnifying glass trained on society, using our past foibles as a tool for the way to move forward."
A stellar cast will take to the stage including Katie Leslie, Jack Sheppard, Glen Thomas, Berthalia Selina Reuben and Henrietta Baird.
Stolen will commence its tour in Parramatta followed by Orange, Griffith, Cessnock, Tamworth, Byron Bay and Sydney. It has been supported by Create NSW.
Stolen Tour Dates:29th May to 1st June - Riverside Theatres (Parramatta) - www.riversideparramatta.com.au
5th June - Orange Civic Theatre - www.orange.nsw.gov.au/theatre
8th June - Griffith Regional Theatre - www.griffith.nsw.gov.au
12th June - Cessnock Performing Arts Centre - www.cessnockperformingartscentre.com.au
14th June - Capital Theatre Tamworth - www.entertainmentvenues.com.au
16th and 18th June - Byron Community Centre - www.byroncentre.com.au
26th and 27th June -Lendlease Darling Quarter Theatre - www.monkeybaa.com.au