Jasper Jones is the must-see smash-hit stage adaptation of the classic Australian coming-of-age mystery, now playing at QPAC until August 18.
Based on Craig Silvey’s award-winning novel, Jasper Jones has been adapted for stage by Kate Mulvany and is directed by Sam Strong, whose production of Jasper Jones sold out its Melbourne Theatre Company season and won two Helpmann awards (out of four nominations) including Best Play.
Set in the sizzling summer of ‘65, a bookish 14 year-old boy flees from the boredom and bullying of small-town life by burying himself in stories of epic adventure; only to find himself living one.
Charlie Bucktin lives in a tiny, insignificant outback town where nothing ever happens. Nothing, that is, until Jasper Jones stumbles upon a gruesome crime out by the dam. Who else would he call on for help but the sharpest kid around? A midnight tap at Charlie’s window sparks a race to solve a murder and clear Jasper’s name.
A cross between Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and the classic American movie Stand by Me, Jasper Jones is a bittersweet, joyous coming-of-age story set in a community where every weatherboard house hides a dark secret.
Joining this hugely successful production are talented cast members Ian Bliss, Shaka Cook, Nicholas Denton, Rachel Gordon, Hayden Spencer, Hoa Xuande and Melanie Zanetti.
Need to know – Jasper Jones contains coarse language, adult themes, theatrical weapons, references to violence, sexual abuse and suicide, racial slurs, theatrical haze/smoke effects and electronic cigarettes. Suitable for children aged 15+ years.
* Take advantage of the special family ticket offer - 2A + 2C - $180.
By Deb Lidster
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