The Events

25 Feb – 05 Mar, Her Majesty's Theatre


Presented by State Theatre Company, Belvoir and Malthouse Theatre in association with Adelaide Festival
By David Greig

The Australian premiere production of a thought-provoking and uplifting international phenomenon, starring the extraordinary Catherine McClements.

When Claire, a priest, survives a massacre she sets out on a quest to answer the most difficult question of all—‘why?’ It’s a journey that takes her to the edge of reason, science, politics and faith.

Award-winning Scottish playwright David Greig’s The Events follows a community’s search for compassion, peace and understanding in the wake of unthinkable violence. This play asks big questions: how far can forgiveness stretch in the face of atrocity; how can we live together knowing that it can all come apart in an instant?

Delving into faith, politics, and reason, this brilliantly inventive piece showcases a different local community choir at each performance. Featuring soaring choral music, The Events tells of tragedy, obsession and our destructive desire to fathom the unfathomable.

The hit of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The Events garnered five-star reviews, along with a Fringe First and the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award before transferring for sell-out seasons around Europe and America, and is sure to be a stand-out within the Adelaide Festival.

This new Australian production, co-produced with Belvoir and Malthouse Theatre, will be helmed by the inventive director Clare Watson (What Rhymes With Cars and Girls) and features renowned star of stage and screen Catherine McClements (Rush, Water Rats).





1 hour, 10 minutes



Mon 22 February 6:00pm


Tues 1 March 6:30pm
Vision Impaired / Audio Described (with pre-show discussion from 5.30pm) 

Sat 5 March 2:00pm
Vision Impaired / Audio Described (with pre-show discussion from 11.00am)

Click here to download the pre show notes.  

Click here to download the pre show audio.

Please click here for more information on the Access Program. 



Wed 2 March 11:00am



Fri 4 March 8:00pm

Clare Watson

Set & Lighting Designer
Geoff Cobham

Musical Director 
Carol Young

John Browne

Fight Choreographer
Scott Witt

Johnny Carr, Catherine McClements


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"A mighty play about what it is that makes us human..."
The Guardian

"McClements does a finely tuned job of conveying a woman whose deep need for resolution drives her to madness, rage, and moments of mania and fantastical delusion."
The Daily Review

“The Events is surprisingly funny at times, although its naturally a dark humour, and given the weighty matter at hand, does well to steer clear of any depictions of violence.”
Adelaide Now

"Watson has cast impeccably, with McClements wholly believable as Claire and Johnny Carr deftly understating supporting roles including that of the perpetrator."
Sydney Morning Herald

 "There is such compassion, tenderness and humanity in the writing. It is a great pleasure to watch such a serious and fearless work."
Adelaide Theatre Guide

Day With State Shows
Each show is followed by a Q&A session with the Director and the cast. Teachers who book students into a Day With State show will receive a detailed study guide. These provide in-depth information on themes, style, characters and set and includes assignment questions which are ideal for continued learning back at school.

Day With State shows for the The Events will be on:

29 Feb, 10.30am
Her Majesty's Theatre

Adult themes
(Suits: Yrs 11 – 12)

To book please download the Education Program Booking Form here.


Completed forms can be returned to:

State Theatre Company of South Australia 
PO Box 8252, Station Arcade, Adelaide SA 5000
or fax 8231 6310
or email Education