Picnic at Hanging Rock
Future

Barbican

Picnic at Hanging Rock

02 Nov 2018 - 02 Dec 2018

£16.00 - £35.00

Pro reviewers rating
13 reviews

3.9 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

5.0 out of 5.0

On a summer’s day in 1900, during a trip to a volcanic beauty spot in rural Victoria, three schoolgirls and their teacher inexplicably vanish, never to be seen again.

Giving a contemporary spin to Lindsay’s cult 1967 book, this production features five female narrators whose efforts at reconstructing the mystery are overtaken by primal forces. Amid looming hysteria, their story twists and distorts, guiding us from civilisation and order to somewhere hostile, vast and unknown.

A vision of psychological breakdown as the illusion of genteel society is torn apart in an ancient land.

Ages 14+

The acclaimed new Australian production comes to London - reviews are from 2017.

 

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“Evocative adaptation... Lutton’s direction hones the ensemble, weaving the five schoolgirls’ descriptions seamlessly together. ”

The Stage (Other reviewers)

“Focuses sharply on the ambiguities and uncertainties... Lutton’s production is a work of jagged, disturbing innovation.”

Other newspaper reviewers

“Gripping production... A masterclass in stage management... A metaphor for the limits and contradictions of colonialism.”

Other newspaper reviewers

“Close to Lindsay’s novel... Promises more than it delivers. But then the promises are very big indeed... Bright, mysterious.”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Wisely places itself at as far a remove from the film as you can imagine... Remarkably subtle, and hence very effective.”

What's on Stage (Other reviewers)

“An exceptional five-strong cast... their timing works faultlessly alongside the show’s slick switchback structure... Slippery.”

Arts Desk (other reviewers)

“Stark, funny, horror adaptation... couldn’t be more different from the rather woozy and wafty 1975 film by Peter Weir.”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“Cult story made creepily compelling and politically potent in this jagged dreamscape.”

Sam Marlowe (The Times, The Stage, Time Out, Arts Desk)

“Mesmerisingly directed... Surreal... deeply political... A compelling production with a versatile cast.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Eerie, hallucinogenic feel... suggests the disconcerting effect of a mystery that touches on all sorts of unwelcome truths.”

Sarah Hemming (Financial Times)

“Even more of a horrible force, told with stylised minimalism in ways that starkly deconstruct the underlying assumptions.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Flawed, at times overwrought, but at its best it provokes the same shiver of disquiet as Weir’s woozily frightening movie.”

Other newspaper reviewers

“Lyrical adaptation... A nimble cast of five succeeds in capturing the rough magic of adolescence... At times overwrought.”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

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