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The Lovely Bones

Award-winning British playwright Bryony Lavery adapts Alice Sebold’s best-selling novel for the stage.

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Company: New Theatre
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The Lovely Bones

Date: 1 Jul 2021

Susie Salmon is a typical 14 year-old girl, with all the usual preoccupations: she wants to be gorgeous, she has secret crushes and favourite things.

There’s just one small difference: Susie is dead, lured into a hideaway in a cornfield, and subsequently raped and murdered.

From beyond the grave, she now observes her grieving family: her father, obsessed with finding her killer and getting justice; her mother, looking to escape the unbearable pain of losing her child by forging a new life; and her clever sister, discovering boys and embarking of the journey that Susie herself never had the chance to take.

And Susie is trying to find a way to help.

Alice Sebold’s best-selling novel turned the horror-thriller trope of a crime and its aftermath into an elegiac meditation on life, love and loss. As she herself wrote: “the line between the living and the dead could be murky and blurred.”

Award-winning British playwright Bryony Lavery has taken Sebold’s novel and created a visceral performance text, both sparse and dense, that also surprises with its humour and verve.

Deborah Mulhall directs the Australian premiere of this work. Mark Barry, Naomi Belet, Shiva Chandra, Ted Crosby, Anthony Michaels Eid, Jessica Joseph-McDermott, Emma Louise, Cassady Maddox Booth, Sarah Maguire, Brendan McBride, Kirsty Saville, Sean Taylor and Parker Texilake feature.

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