The continuing public health emergency and ban on gatherings means all theatres, including Adelaide
Festival Centre, must remain closed until it is safe to reopen.
Euphoria was scheduled to open at Space Theatre in May, and The 7 Stages of Grieving and The
Writer in June and July respectively.
Artistic Director Mitchell Butel says it’s a heartbreaking decision for the Company and greater artistic
community, but a necessary one.
“We know from medical experts that to flatten the COVID-19 curve, we must be in this for the long haul
and stay home when we can. We must do our bit to protect both the community and the future viability
of our Company,” he says.
“We are monitoring the situation but hope to resume with Catherine Fitzgerald’s bold reimagining of
Gaslight in September and we look forward to turning the theatre lights back on.
“In the meantime, we are going to hunker down and use this period to do what we do best – create.”
State Theatre Company South Australia assures that ticket holders for cancelled performances are
entitled to a refund. There are also other return options available including exchanging tickets to a
show later in the year (at no additional cost) or donating the amount as a tax-deductible donation,
noting that this generosity will be essential to lessen the impact of this unprecedented event upon the
Company’s operations and artists. All patrons will be contacted by BASS.
Mr Butel says the Company will continue to investigate new modes of online engagement for its
audiences and work with its artists to develop projects for next year and beyond.
“We’re in the privileged position to be able to work on our future projects remotely and we’re so
grateful to the essential workers tackling this pandemic on the frontlines while we do so,” he says.
“Our hope is that we can share new stories that speak of and to our world with these workers and
all our audiences when it’s safe for us all to gather again. To laugh, to cry, to analyse, to wonder –
together as a community. After this challenging time, what a grand feeling that will be.”