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Picnic at Hanging Rock

Season 3 2019: 15th – 31st August, Matinees: Sundays 18 & 25 & Sat 31 Augus

​A mystery drama adapted by Tom Wright, Based on the book by Joan Lindsay, Directed by Helen Ellis

By special arrangement with Dominie Pty Ltd

Many will know this story from Peter Weir's classic film of the novel, which was released in 1975. The play, adapted by Tom Wright from Joan Lindsay’s 1967 novel, is narrated by five performers, “five Australian women”, who are named in the published script after the actors who played them in the first production. They are struggling to solve the mystery at the heart of Joan Lindsay's original novel, which presents itself as the true story of the disappearance of three schoolgirls and their teacher, who inexplicably vanish into the mountainside, while on a picnic expedition to Hanging Rock in Victoria on Valentine’s Day, 1900. Euphoria and terror reverberate throughout the community, as the potential for history to repeat itself becomes nightmarishly real.



Amelia Powers

Elizabeth/Mrs Appleyard/Others

Claire Abagia


Georgia Timney


Reschelle O'Connor


Abigail Pettigrew



Helen Ellis

Production Manager:

Emily Carter

Assistant Production Manager

Alexandra Carter

Assistant Director

Lachlan Glennie

Stage Manager:

Lynn Dean



Set Design:

Helen Ellis and David Brown

Lighting Design:

David Brown

Sound Design:

Tim Long

Lighting and Sound Operator:

Terry Dean

Costume Design:

Maria Smedes

Wardrobe Assistant:

Gerry Smedes


Emily Carter and Alexandra Carter

Promotional Video:

Regan Wood & Hit 66 Sound & Screen

Program Design:

Nicholas Ryan


Alexandra Carter

Set Construction:

Les Wallis, Luc Hermans, Ernie Hicks, Ray Bell, Keith Boulton, Ernie Hicks and Steve Nichols

Set Painters:

Emily Carter, Alexandra Carter, Ernie Hicks, Les Wallis, Steve Nichols, Ray Bell, Luc Hermans

Facebook Page:

Emily Carter and Alexandra Carter

Web Page:

Laurie Bell

Program Printing:

Snap Printing, Lilydale

Office Administration:

Fiona Carter

Box Office & Administration

Anne Rogers-Davidson

Front of House Manager

Lesley Bailey

Assisted by Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre Company Volunteers

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