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Thursday 16 Saturday 18 November 2017


By William Inge
Directed by Stefan Escreet

On a sweltering Labor Day morning, the women of a quiet neighborhood on the wrong side of the tracks are preparing for the annual picnic. Watchful mother Flo Owens has hopes that her beautiful daughter Madge will get a proposal from Alan, the local millionaire’s son. Younger sister Millie, the “smart one”, yearns to grow up and leave her small town behind. Good-natured Mrs. Potts is happy to get a break from taking care of her aged mother. And spinster schoolteacher Rosemary Sydney cheerfully keeps her boyfriend Howard at arms’ length. This seemingly placid feminine environment is disrupted when Hal Carter, a muscular and charming young drifter hops off the freight train, and straight into Mrs. Potts’ hospitable home….

‘Few writers have captured women in their social environments as well as William Inge and its in that respect that PICNIC, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953, retains its power’. —


Helen Potts – Gabrielle Woolner
Hal Carter – Rufus Cameron
Millie Owens – Zoe Villiers
Bomber – James King-Nickol
Madge Owens – Millie Gaston
Flo Owens – Megan McInerney
Rosemary Sydney – Madeleine Daly
Alan Seymour – Robin Lyons
Irma Kronkite – Kailey McGowan
Christine Schoenwalder – Maddie Wakeling
Howard Bevans – James King-Nickol

Designer: Elizabeth Wright