Picnic at Hanging Rock

Picnic at Hanging Rock is a well-known Australian book (by Joan Lindsay) and 1975 film. It’s something of a classic, focusing on a girls’ school outing to Hanging Rock and the subsequent disappearance of several of the girls. I’ve never seen the film or read the book, but I attended a play reading at RADA of Tom Wright’s adaptation of the story, performed as part of the Women@RADA 100 series.

I’m not sure whether the play is a direct adaptation of the book/film or a brand new interpretation, but either way I enjoyed it. The cast held my interest throughout and the play was genuinely spooky at times. It definitely left me wanting to watch the film, but it’s clearly a strong piece in its own right.


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