Sydney Bridge Upside Down by David Ballantyne has often been described as 'the great unread New Zealand novel'.
This year Taki Rua Productions (TRP) have adapted Sydney Bridge Upside Down for the stage.
Join the korero
As part of the upcoming season of Sydney Bridge Upside Down in Auckland, Taki Rua have joined forces with the New Zealand Book Council to create a series of conversations where you are invited to join the creative team and literary powerhouses Kate De Goldi and Ellie Catton in a discussion about taking David Ballantyne's classic novel from page to stage. These are free events and everyone’s welcome. Taki Rua would love to hear your thoughts on this topic and answer any questions you may have about the writer, the book or the production. See more here.
The play has been performed in Gisborne, New Plymouth, and Wellington and has received rave reviews:
Fantastic Performance of "Sydney Bridge Upside Down", just amazed with the development of the characters, the coherence of the cast & crew and finally - last but not least - the activation of our auditory & visual senses.
Don't be surprised if I come back for more! – Audience member
What a tour de force! I was astonished and enthralled and shaken...I thought the set design, the sound design, realisation of the essence of the book, the acting, were all first class. - Kate De Goldi
Much to admire in this innovative, highly theatrical production – The Listener
Sophisticated, daring theatre – Theatreview
Sydney Bridge Upside Down runs from the 7th – 11th August at Auckland's Q Theatre. There will be two panel discussions that explore the page to stage adaptation of the novel. The first will take place on the 9th of August at 1.00pm, and the second will be on the 10th of August following the show at 9:30pm.
For more information about the play or panel discussions visit the website: http://sbud.co.nz/