On the 25th July 2016, ATYP was thrilled to receive its first-ever Helpmann Award for Best Regional Touring for the Sugarland National Tour. Our success has been a massive team effort over six years. Huge thanks goes to the community of Katherine, NT, for their stories, their candour and generosity. A bigs thanks also goes to Rachael Coopes, Wayne Blair, the late David Page, Fraser Corfield, Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, The Westpac Foundation, Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, Arts NSW, the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, Performing Lines, Blak Lines, ATYP Board of Directors and staff, and audiences across Australia who bought tickets and supported the show.
Sugarland provides a glimpse into a teenage Australia that feels like a foreign country. This exceptional new play will make you laugh, cry and stay with you long after you leave the theatre. Nina is 16 years old, good at school, has a job at the cinema and one of the best singing voices around. But none of that is important. She needs a place to live. Living with her Aunty in an overcrowded house, things aren't going well, and it’s getting complicated. Erica is 16 and the new girl in town. Her Dad’s in the RAAF and the family’s just moved to Katherine. She’s lived all over Australia and every time makes somewhere home, she moves again. She’s so used to being an outsider, she's stopped trying to fit in. The only thing they have in common is the music they listen to. Sometimes that's enough.
Directors Fraser Corfield & the late David Page
Writers Rachael Coopes with Wayne Blair
Set Designer Jacob Nash
Lighting Re-Design Karen Norris
Original Lighting Design Juz McGuire
Sound Designer Guy Webster
Costume Designer Ruby Langton-Batty
Cast Narek Arman, Jonas Thompson, Xanthe Paige, Dubs Yunupingu, Calen Tassone, Eliza Logan
2016 National Tour
● Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton QLD Fri 22 April
● Riverway Arts Centre, Townsville QLD Tues 26 April
● Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre, Mackay QLD Wed 27 – Thu 28 April
● Gold Coast Theatre Centre, Gold Coast QLD Fri 29 – Sat 30 April, Mon 2 May (Cancelled)
● NORPA Lismore City Hall, Lismore NSW Tue 3 – Wed 4 May
● Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra ACT Fri 6 – Sat 7 May
● Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Geelong VIC Tues 10 – 11 May
● Arts Centre Melbourne, Southbank VIC Sun 15, Thu 19 – 21 May
● Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Mandurah WA Mon 23 – Wed 25 May
● Barking Gecko Theatre Company, State Theatre Centre of WA, Perth WA Fri 27 – Sat 28, Mon 30 May
● Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, Bathurst NSW Fri 3, Mon 6 June
● Orange Civic Theatre Centre, Orange NSW Tues 7 June
● Griffith Regional Theatre, Griffith NSW Thu 9 – 10 June
● Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, Wagga Wagga NSW Sat 11, Tues 14 June
● Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Casula NSW Wed 15 – Thu 16 June
● Manning Entertainment Centre, Taree NSW Sat 18, Mon 20 June
● Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre, South Morang VIC Wed 22 – Thur 23 June
- Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT Fri 29 July
- Nyinkka Nyunyu Art and Culture Centre, Tennant Creek, NT Mon 1 Aug
- Corrugated Iron Youth Arts , Darwin, NT Fri 5 August
- Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra, NSW Thur 11 Aug
Sugarland was toured by Performing Lines for Blak Lines, and was commissioned and developed by Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP). Sugarland is supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW, and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
→BEHIND THE SCENES →
Use this guide to navigate through the resources below.
Step behind the scenes of this important production in unique and captivating ways. See how Sugarland was developed over a 3 year period. Go from community to page to stage to national tour with our cast and creatives.
BEFORE YOU SEE THE SHOW:
Use this resource to step through the series of context videos:
This resources guides you through some activities related to the four CONTEXT videos:
The Place The People
K Block G's Shame
Use this resource to prepare for seeing the production:
This resource helps to introduce the themes and issues in the play, and has a syllabus relevant guide to participating in a post-show Q&A. Read some of the reviews from the production and have a go at writing your own review.
READ THE PROGRAM:
WATCH THE PROMO:
READ THE REVIEWS:
AFTER YOU SEE THE SHOW:
THE LIFECYCLE OF SUGARLAND:
Follow the PROJECT FROM COMMUNITY PROJECT KICKING UP DUST TO Sugarland THE PLAY:
This video gives a rare insight into the development of the production, character breakdown, approach to text and rehearsals and hopes from the cast and creatives about what the audience will take away from the production... A must see.
Hear how traditional stories influenced the development of the writing process.
A map of town, according to Nina. See the places Nina describes in the opening monologue of the play.
THE BIG ISSUES:
USE THESE RESOURCES and videos to unpack the themes and issues in the play:
Sugarland brings up some big issues for young people living in regional and remote Australia. Many of these themes are universal, some of them confronting. Use these resources to step through the themes and issues and see behind the scenes how the creative team chose to explore and present them in the play.
FOR TEACHERS: TACKLING THE BIG ISSUES
These resources help support the resources above. Use them to assist with the planning, navigation and implementation of The Big Issues. Designed in consultation with Expressive and Drama Therapists, these resources will help you support your students after they see Sugarland.
UNDERSTAND THE culturally specific references and the LINGO in the play:
What was Fraser Corfield's directorial approach?
How did Rachael Coopes approach the writing process?
Why do our young actors love ATYP?
WATCH THE HIGHLIGHTS: