Directors’ Festival: Picnic at Hanging Rock An eerie exploration into the century-old Australian mystery

Directors’ Festival: Picnic at Hanging Rock

The Wardrobe Theatre

Key Information
  • Dates Thu 05 May 2022 - Sat 07 May 2022
  • Location The Wardrobe Theatre
  • Ticket Price

    Tickets £10 per double bill
    £35 for a festival ticket

  • Times


  • Adapted by Tom Wright
    Directed by Lowri Mathias
    Designed by Matthew Cassar

An eerie exploration into the century-old Australian mystery

“The Rock is a nightmare, and nightmares belong in the past.”

Valentine’s Day, 1900. A group of school girls set out on a picnic. Three of them never come back.

Adapted from Joan Lindsay’s acclaimed novel, Picnic at Hanging Rock follows five school girls as they attempt to piece together what went wrong on that school trip so many years ago, and, more chillingly, how the mystery spiralled out of control in the aftermath, sending the local community into depression and chaos.

As the shadows grow longer, the barriers between past and present, truth and fiction, now and then, begin to blur, and the long lost schoolgirls suddenly appear to be nightmarishly real. Does anything ever really stay gone?

This amateur production of Picnic at Hanging Rock is presented by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.
This play is part of a double bill with Hamlet as part of Directors’ Festival 2022.


Amber Eve Periera

Nikki Tanvi Virmani

Arielle Carlie Diamond

Elizabeth Rebecca Hyde

Harriet Louise O’Dowd

Creative and Technical Team

Director Lowri Mathias

Designer Matthew Cassar

Voice Coach Penelope Rubach

Lighting Designer and Operator Dan Knipe

Sound Designer and Operator Hannah Bracegirdle

Original music by Hannah Bracegirdle

Assistant Production Manager Joe Culpin

Costume Supervisor Jo Kenney

Stage Manager Soph Robinson

Deputy Stage Manager Elsa Gear

Prop Makers Ziva Bucer, Tommy Karolyi, Isabella Keating, Lisa Viel-Vigneron

Construction Assistants Jocelyn Chen, Iona Hicks, Muir McFadden, Sally Strong

I absolutely love working backstage. It was something I had never done before arriving at BOVTS and I'm so grateful for the opportunity. Madi Barncoat, BA Costume Student