Sydney Theatre Company " The Secret River "

Edinburgh International Festival 2019

Kate Grenville’s The Secret River is widely considered to be one of the most important Australian novels of the 21st century. Playwright Andrew Bovell has transformed the novel into a deeply moving, unflinching journey into Australia’s dark history.

Directed by Neil Armfield for Sydney Theatre Company, this multi-award-winning stage drama charts the story of two families divided by culture and land.

By Kate Grenville
An adaptation for the stage by Andrew Bovell


Georgia Adamson Sal Thornhill
Joshua Brennan Dan Oldfield
Toby Challenor Dick Thornhill
Shaka Cook Ngalamalum
Marcus Corowa Wangarra/Branyimala
Nathaniel Dean William Thornhill
Isaac Hayward Musician
Melissa Jaffer Mrs Herring
Elma Kris Buryia
Ningali Lawford Wolf Dhirrumbin/Dulla Djin
Dylan Miller Narabi
Colin Moody Thomas Blackwell
Jacob Narkle, Wesley Patten Garraway/Dulla Djin’s Child
Rory Potter Willie Thornhill
Jeremy Sims Smasher Sullivan
Bruce Spence Loveday
Major ‘Moogy’ Sumner Yalamundi
Matthew Sunderland Sagitty Birtles/Suckling/Turnkey
Dubs Yunupingu Gilyagan/Muruli

Neil Armfield Director
Stephen Page Artistic Associate
Stephen Curtis Set Designer
Tess Schofield Costume Designer
Mark Howett Lighting Designer
Iain Grandage Composer
Isaac Hayward Musical Director
Steve Francis Sound Designer
Geordie Brookman Tour Director
Matthew Whittet Dramaturg

The Secret River 2019 tour is supported by Ian Narev & Frances Allan, Gretel Packer and original commissioning patrons Catriona Mordant AM & Simon Mordant AM and David Gonski AC & Orli Wargon OAM.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., Sydney Festival, Perth International Arts Festival and The Centenary of Canberra.

Xavi Montojo