" Bindy Stephens’ standout performance particularly in the role of Mrs Appleyard was well-nuanced and very much in the moment. Zoe Vandervelde’s performance, notably as the bush policeman is equally impressive ........ 

For those who want more than fast food entertainment, this production with its multiple layers will provide the sort of nourishment that will keep your mind pondering for days. Be mystified. "

Read the full review by Nick Tantaro here:

Listen to Peter Hammond and Grace Roberts and Zoe Vandervelde talking about the production on City Park Radio:

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"I know you're there ... Miranda? Miranda!"


St Valentine’s Day in 1900 is a blistering hot summer‘s day. Students and staff from Mrs Appleyard’s prestigious girl’s school set out for a picnic at Hanging Rock. 


Growing tired of their classmates and yearning for adventure, four of the girls and a teacher abscond from the group and venture up towards the beckoning Hanging Rock. 


All but one of the girls mysteriously disappear and are never seen again. So the nightmare begins.


Tom Wright’s new ‘spine tingling’ stage adaptation of this Australian culturally iconic novel (famously filmed by Peter Weir in 1975) has won critical acclaim for its dramatic retelling of the story. It has played to sell-out seasons in Perth, Melbourne and Edinburgh and now comes to Launceston under the direction of noted director, Peter Hammond.


The all-female cast struggle to solve the chilling mystery of the missing schoolgirls and their teacher while on that school excursion to Hanging Rock, making Joan Lindsay’s summer classic ‘more haunting than ever’.


“Written as a mystery & remains a mystery” – or does it?


Directed by Peter Hammond


Mallory Schipper – AMBER

Zoe Vandervelde – NIKKI

Bindy Stephens – ELIZABETH

Lauren Neal – HARRIET

Anna Barber – ARIELLE

The members of the production team are:

Chris Jackson – Sound & Lighting Design

Grace Roberts – Set Design

Laura Eastley – Stage Manager

Hamish Pickford – Assistant Stage Manager

Linda Emery – Properties

Telling the story
Mallory Schipper
Lauren Neal
Mrs A & Sarah
Zoe Vandervelde
Anna Barber for fbook
Gym exercises
Bindy Stephens
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Performance Dates  2019


Friday 13th September          7.30 pm

Saturday 14th September      2.00 pm

Sunday 15th September         2.00 pm

Wednesday 18th September  7.30 pm

Thursday 19th September     7.30 pm

Friday 20th September          7.30 pm

Saturday 21st September       2.00 pm

Sunday 22nd September        2.00 pm 

*** Please note this performance runs 85 minutes without an interval. 

There is a strict latecomers and readmission policy.

Patrons will NOT be admitted into the theatre after 5 minutes into the performance. 


"As we cannot hit the pause button on performances, patrons are advised to attend to "comfort stops" before entering the theatre, 

as for technical and safety reasons re-admittance once performances have commenced, will not be permitted."


We kindly remind you to arrive with time to collect your tickets and take your seat.


Adult $42.00, Concession $38.00, Group of 6, $36.00 per ticket, Under 16 $30.00

All seats are "General Admission"; however there are a limited number of accessible seats for anyone unable to manage the stairs at the Earl Arts Centre - to book these please contact Launceston Players on 0439 498 119 or email alan.telford2@bigpond.com   

Door Sales 1 hour prior to each performance.

This photo is from The Examiner feature of Friday August 30 by Cassie Harrex -

Launceston Players are back with another stellar show, and this time the iconic Picnic at Hanging Rock is set to enthral theater-goers ......

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P.O. Box 814, Launceston 7250

ABN 46 437 079 752

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