Playing Beatie Bow

Date(s) - 10 Apr 2021
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Wharf 1

GoTheatrical! Open Captioned Performance:  Saturday, 10 April 2021 at 1.30pm

Please remember to notify the Box Office at the time of booking your tickets that you would like seats with a good view of the caption screen and the stage.

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By Ruth Park
An adaptation for the stage by Kate Mulvany
Directed by Kip Williams

World premiere

Don’t miss this celebrated Sydney story for the whole family

Sydney Theatre Company’s long-awaited return home to The Wharf will be marked by this historic event in Australian theatre.

From playwright Kate Mulvany and Artistic Director Kip Williams, the team that created the epic, multi-award-winning world of The Harp in the South: Part One and Part Two, comes a new adaptation of one of Ruth Park’s most beloved Australian stories which is sure to delight audiences of all generations.

Abigail (Catherine V?n-Davies), a teenager dealing with her parents’ messy separation, follows the mysterious young girl Beatie Bow (Sofia Nolan) back through time – from the hustle and bustle of Sydney’s The Rocks in the present day to the year 1873, when the suburb was full of struggling immigrant families, gangsters and a whole host of larger-than-life characters. With the help of Beatie, her wise grandmother, and the whole Bow family, Abigail goes on a wild adventure through twisting alleyways of history in a race to find her way home.

This moving human story is set in and around the real-life suburb that STC calls home and will overflow with history, song and sparkling humour. Teenagers, parents and grandparents will all find something to love in this family story – a combination of Mulvany’s characteristic warmth and vivacity and Williams’ monumental vision.

Celebrate the reopening of The Wharf and introduce young people to theatre with this tale full of adventure, surprises and a little magic.

Playing Beatie Bow was developed and produced with the assistance of the Australian Writers’ Guild David Williamson Prize.

Approx. duration 2hrs 50mins (including interval). Subject to change. More info.
Content Theatrical haze. Suitable for 12 years +. Subject to change. More info.


100% audience capacity: NSW Health has granted STC an exemption to the current Public Health Order, allowing us to increase audience capacity to 100%. This will apply for Playing Beatie Bow performances from Tue 9 Mar. We encourage you to consider your comfort levels in a busy theatre setting before attending.

Face masks are essential: all audience members over 12 are required to wear a mask inside the auditorium. Please bring a face mask with you.

The situation is constantly evolving and safety measures may change before your performance. Please check the most up-to-date Visitor Safety Measures prior to your visit.

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