Young People’s Theatre Newcastle and Lindsay Street Players present Picnic at Hanging Rock

8 – 29 February

Young People’s Theatre Newcastle and Lindsay Street Players proudly present Picnic at Hanging Rock as their first production of the 2020 season. The tight ensemble of talented senior students and adult members is led by YPT alumni and tutor Anna Lambert. Anna, who plays the formidable college headmistress Miss Appleyard, has an expansive history in Newcastle theatre both at YPT and further abroad and is a judge of the City of Newcastle Drama Association awards.

The story of Picnic at Hanging Rock defies explanation and has haunted the Australian psyche for over a century. The idea for the novel came to author, Joan Lindsay, in a series of unusually vivid dreams and was written over the span of two weeks. After the success of Peter Weir’s 1975 film adaptation, the mystery of Hanging Rock has made its mark in Australia and across the world:
On a summer’s day in 1900, a group of Australian girls visit the Hanging Rock for a school picnic. Four of the girls and a teacher wander off to explore the beckoning rock- only one girl returns, scared, incoherent and apparently with no memory of what occurred.

Picnic at Hanging Rock is directed by Riley McLean and Rylee O’Rourke and is assistant directed by YPT students, Larissa Barwell and Rory Worthington. This production is a compelling combination of traditional and contemporary, enhancing the classical themes and aesthetic of 1900’s Australia through modern theatricality. Stepping away from traditional storytelling theatre, the directors have employed physical theatre, art and soundscape to create a unique theatrical experience.

There will be eight performances at the YPT Theatre, corner of Lindsay and Lawson St, Hamilton, from 8- 29 Feb 2020. All tickets are $20-25. Please go to or call 4961 4895 between 9am-1pm on Saturdays.