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Girls & Boys

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State Theatre Company South Australia in association with Adelaide Festival

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Odeon Theatre, 57a Queen Street, Norwood South Australia 5067


5 March 2022, 2pm
7 March 2022, 6:30pm


$30 - $80


She meets him in an airport queue and sparks fly. Their passionate love affair takes them to marriage, a mortgage, and children – an ordinary family life. Her natural working-class wit works to her advantage, and unexpectedly she starts rising above her allotted rung on the British social ladder. The power dynamic between them shifts – imperceptible cracks become yawning gulfs – but when the house they built begins to fall, nothing prepares her for what happens next.

The innocent sounding Girls & Boys is a searing one woman show by Dennis Kelly, the celebrated wordsmith of in-yer-face classics like Osama the Hero and DNA, as well as the masterful dialogue for Tim Minchin’s Matilda. A high-wire act balancing comedy and drama which has stunned audiences in London and New York, its stellar solo role is brilliantly filled here by Justine Clarke, whose versatility has seen her adored by audiences for her work on Play School to ARIA Award-winning albums and darker, powerhouse turns in Love My Way, Tangle and Look Both Ways.

A ticking time bomb, Girls & Boys is an engrossing, edge-of-your-seat play that shifts gears from Fleabag-like wit and mischief to harrowing shock in a matter of seconds, and it will leave you breathless.

The energy and the vividness of the writing never lets up.” – The Independent

Blazing intensity… It’s a piece that nags away at you after you have left the theatre.” – Financial Times

Be prepared to be rocked to the core.” – New York Daily News

Justine Clarke is one of the kindest, loveliest and most charming people in the business. And one of Australia’s most prolific and skilled actresses. I’m thrilled that I get to direct her in her debut for State Theatre Company South Australia in this incredible, disturbing and surprising work that is guaranteed to shake you. Mitchell

This season of Girls & Boys has been generously supported by Australian Dance Theatre.

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Run time: 110 mins (no interval) – strictly no latecomers admitted, refunds will not be available. 

Content: Coarse language, adult themes, family violence themes and descriptions of graphic violence.

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Age Guide: 16+


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For Audio Described tickets and companion cards, please call 08 8415 5353 (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday).

Audio Described Performances and Pre-Show Briefing:
Saturday, 5 March, 1:00pm briefing, 2:00pm performance
Monday 7 March, 5:30pm briefing, 6:30pm performance

There is a loading zone at the front entrance of the Theatre which can be used as an accessible drop off point.

Strictly no latecomers admitted, refunds will not be available.