Things I Know To Be True

13 May – 04 Jun, Dunstan Playhouse


Presented by State Theatre Company, Frantic Assembly & Australian Gas Networks in association with Adelaide Festival Centre
By Andrew Bovell

A powerful family drama from Australia’s master playwright.

The Price family appear to be living the Australian dream—a loving household in a solid brick house on a quarter acre block where the passing of time is measured by the seasonal changes in working class patriarch Bob’s beloved roses. The four kids have grown up and spread their wings, with only the youngest, Rosie, still at home. As the seasons turn, their story becomes darker and more difficult. But, with complexity comes richness, resolution and meaning. Epic in existential scope while deeply human in focus, Things I Know To Be True will tug at your heart while asking the big questions about what it is that keeps us going.

A brand new commissioned play from the pen of one of our greatest contemporary playwrights, Andrew Bovell is cause enough for celebration— but add to that an international collaboration with the extraordinary Frantic Assembly, a brilliant cast including Adelaide stage icon Paul Blackwell and rising star Tilda Cobham-Hervey (52 Tuesdays, One Eyed Girl) and you have the ingredients of something special.

Andrew Bovell is regarded as one of our greatest storytellers, whether it be for works for the stage such as When The Rain Stops Falling and his adaptation of Kate Grenville’s The Secret River, or for the screen such as Lantana and A Most Wanted Man.

Frantic Assembly are one of the brightest stars in the British theatrical firmament, “the most innovative and progressive company around” (The Times). Their unique, highly physical style is perhaps best represented in their outstanding recent work as choreographers of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, (West End, Broadway). Frantic Assembly are led by Tony and Olivier Award nominated Artistic Director Scott Graham who will team with State Theatre Company’s Geordie Brookman as co-director of this international co-production which will premiere in Adelaide and be re-produced later in 2016 in the UK.

This production shapes as a landmark in the Company’s development of new work and will be an unmissable highlight of the 2016 Season.


Commissioned by State Theatre Company and Frantic Assembly
Supported by State Theatre Company Creative Development Donor Circle


2 hours, 15 minutes including interval


Mon 9 May 6:00pm 



Tues 24 6:30pm
Vision Impaired / Audio Described (with pre-show discussion from 5.30pm) 

Sat 28 May 2:00pm
Vision Impaired / Audio Described (with pre-show discussion from 1.00pm) 

Wed 1 June 11:00am 

Wed 1 June 6:30pm 

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Please click here to download the pre-show audio. 

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Wed 1 June 11:00am



Fri 27 May 8:00pm


Geordie Brookman & Scott Graham

Set and Lighting Designer
Geoff Cobham

Costume Designer
Ailsa Paterson

Sound Designer
Andrew Howard 

Cast includes
Georgia Adamson, Paul Blackwell, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Eugenia Fragos, Nathan O’Keefe, Tim Walter

Featuring music by
Nils Frahm

Original artwork by
Thomas Buchanan 

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“Things I Know To Be True is a moving and beautifully crafted piece that succinctly captures the dilemma present in so much of contemporary Australian life and family.”
The Adelaide Review 

The Guardian 

The Australian Book Review 

Sunday Mail  ★


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 Things I Know To Be True will be on:

19 & 25 May, 10.30am
Dunstan Playhouse

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