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A heart-warming tale that brings regional voices to the fore and an entire town to life!
Emily Steel is one of the brightest, most original voices in Australian playwriting today. With stealth and charm, she brings to life an entire town through two actors in this deeply felt and slyly comic portrait of family, friendship and people searching for connection and for themselves
Mitchell Butel, Artistic Director State Theatre Company South Australia
Audience & Marketing Notes
- This regional tale takes us to the heart of rural Australia, however, the universal themes of connection, community and belonging ensure the world of the play and its characters have broad appeal.
- With incredibly sharp wit, compassion and authenticity, Euphoria shines a light on the joys and challenges of living in a country town. Two actors play key characters Meg and Ethan, alongside a multitude of other recognisable and often comic characters in this fictional town that is brought to life for a town meeting audiences will never forget!
- The statistics around mental illness and suicide are alarming and we are bombarded with information, campaigns and new initiatives to help tackle this epidemic, but is it all working? With the perfect balance of humour and compassion, Emily Steel takes an honest look at how we manage mental illness in our communities and what our responsibility is to each other.
- Euphoria has been developed over two years through a socially engaged arts practice taking the playwright into regional communities across SA. As a result of this process, themes reflect the authenticity of place and genuine experiences of people living in rural and remote areas.
- Following each performance there will be post show Q&A with the cast supported by a mental health professional who will be touring with the show. This platform will provide an opportunity for audiences to ‘unpick’ the work and in doing so; engage in conversation around the themes and issues it raises about mental health in country towns.
- A suite of workshops utilising the expertise and knowledge of the cast and the mental health professional will be available to schools and community groups. Workshops will be tailored to meet the needs of each group / school.
- Study guide available.
Proscenium Arch, Black Box, Flat Floor, Community Hall