Spectacular year on stage

Country Arts SA’s 2019 program invites audiences and communities to explore, enjoy, create and engage with great art across South Australia.

The diverse program reaches across the state with performances at arts centres including Port Pirie’s Northern Festival Centre.

Country Arts SA took strides in becoming a producer of art from regional South Australia in 2018, working with over 1,100 artists and art workers, more than ever before. In 2019, Country Arts SA will continue to build on this collaborative process with the premiere of new commissioned works including Euphoria by UK/Australian playwright Emily Steel, an intimate portrayal of the challenges of dealing with mental health in a regional community; and the untold stories of Australia’s Aboriginal Veterans brought to the fore in VIETNAM – ONE IN, ALL IN, a contemporary collection of multidisciplinary works by Aboriginal artists and curators.

“The arts are essential to a strong and prosperous state, providing not only vibrancy, creativity and entertainment, but also a vital boost to the economy. I encourage you all to explore this year’s exciting program across rural and regional South Australia.” said Premier Steven Marshall. 

Country Arts SA Chief Executive Officer, Steve Saffell, said they were delighted to be able to share a wide-ranging program for 2019 which sits at the core of what they do: deliver great art to the regions and bring regional stories to life.

“The 2019 program builds on our commitment to regional artists and the exchange of creative art making in local communities, with increased artist residency opportunities and community engagement,” he said.

Tickets to performances are on sale now through countryarts.org.au where full program details for the 2019 season can be found.

Coming to Port Pirie

Impersonal Space

February 4-8

“Nameless” is a nine-year-old girl who loves nothing more than her family, star-gazing and hot chips. Nameless is hyper-intelligent but she sometimes does strange things and the bullies call her “dopey” and “weird”. She feels isolated, sad and confused, until a medical diagnosis reveals the truth – Nameless has autism.

Company AT will be in residence at the Northern Festival Centre to refine the play, culminating in a sharing of Impersonal Space with the local community.

Animal Farm

March 6

All animals are equal but some are more equal than others.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest stories in English literature, Animal Farm was written in the 1940’s by the infamous George Orwell as a response to the rise of authoritarian governments around the world.

In his final production as Artistic Director, Geordie Brookman and exceptional actor Renato Mussolino join forces to create a fascinating take on a story that will be familiar to many.

Jump First, Ask Later

June 11-12

This multi-award winning show follows the stories of six young people growing up in an underground parkour and street style community based within one of Australia’s most vibrant areas.

Urban freestyle, b-boying, parkour and dance intersect to create a killer theatre experience about finding your path by jumping over life’s obstacles.

ASO in Port Pirie

July 3

The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s ability to capture the soaring beauty of musical masterworks forms the foundation of its reputation.

Following a hugely successful tour to the Riverland in October 2018, Port Pirie now has the chance to share in the ASO’s joyful music making.

Join the inimitable Guy Noble as he takes you on a journey through music you know and love, in a playful concert format that will delight young and old.

The Sapphires

August 2

The Sapphires is one of the Australia’s best-loved stories. Winning multiple awards as a play, film and soundtrack album there was one challenge left and that was to undertake a national tour of Australia and bring this story directly to local stages. Four young Aboriginal country music singers in regional Australia suddenly get the chance to change their tune and their lives.

The Sapphires is a funny, heart-warming tale inspired by the true story of Tony Briggs’ mother – the incredible journey of four Yorta Yorta Women, who sing classic soul hits against the backdrop of massive social upheaval.

Madama Butterfly

August 29

A love story that reaches across cultures, across oceans, across time. Puccini’s popular opera is filled with memorable music performed in Italian (with surtitles) by Opera Australia’s iconic singers. From the lovers’ first rapturous embrace to the intense finale and the famous aria ‘Un bel di’, Japanese and American musical themes will leave audiences entranced. Directed by one of Australia’s greatest theatrical minds John Bell, this unforgettable production is complete with beautiful costumes and sets.

Arts on Screen

  • Carmen by State Opera – March 23
  • Cliff Richards 60th Anniversary Tour – April 2
  • La Boheme on Sydney Harbour – May 14
  • Black Screen – May 29
  • The Australian Ballet's Merry Widow – July 23
  • Young Picasso – September 10

Mornings at the Northern Festival Centre

  • Practically Perfect, the Music of Julie Andrews – March 8
  • Jade Hurley – May 17
  • Gems of Jazz – July 5
  • Good Day Sunshine – September 13
  • Band of SA Police – November 15

Arts happening elsewhere in the region

If you don’t mind going for a bit of a drive you can catch Kaput, a multi-award winning family show that has melted hearts around the world with its glorious brand of slapstick, acrobatics and total silliness in Burra, Hawker and Brinkworth in June.

In September see A Migrant’s Son, a true story that explores the migration from Greece to Australia during the 1930’s by Michaela Burger in Port Augusta.