Euphoria brings regional voices to the fore

Euphoria from award-winning South Australian playwright Emily Steel, commissioned by Country Arts SA - brings regional voices to the fore in a rich and heart-warming tale of good days, bad days and everything in between.

A Country Town. A Festival. A local tragedy and a town that doesn’t talk . . . This tale of good days, bad days and everything in between catapults us right into the heart of this little town where everyone knows everyone, and where Ethan is hit by his past as Meg struggles with the present. As the festival unfolds, Meg and Ethan’s worlds collide as the community comes together for an event they’ll never forget.

On the back of a highly acclaimed World Premier Tour in 2021 with five-star reviews and sold-out season at the Space Theatre, Adelaide, and a nation-wide tour in 2022, Country Arts SA is proud to be bringing back this unique work to South Australian regional audiences.

Euphoria by award-winning playwright Emily Steel and commissioned by Country Arts SA – brings regional voices to the fore in a rich and heart-warming tale of good days, bad days and everything in between.

Life in rural and remote Australia presents challenges that impact on health and wellbeing, yet statistics indicate that people in country areas are happy.

Euphoria was created with regional communities’ front of mind. Over two years, Emily and Country Arts SA Arts and Health Creative Producer Alison Howard met with people in regional communities and also spent time in mental health units meeting with clinical staff and clients to talk about the joys and challenges of country life.

The result of this extensive consultation and development is Euphoria, a gently moving new work that offers an authentic picture of country life, resonating deeply with regional and metropolitan audiences.

Playwright Emily Steel said it was an honour to create a script working so closely with South Australian regional communities: “It was a privilege to meet so many people in so many communities, and to hear about their experiences. EUPHORIA is fictional, but I hope that, thanks to all those who helped with the research, its characters and their stories will feel real.”

Country Arts SA Chief Executive Anthony Peluso said EUPHORIA reinforced Country Arts SA’s vision to create art that could only be made in the regions.

Euphoria is a compassionate, sensitive and witty piece of theatre which we produced with regional audiences in mind.

Country Arts SA Chief Executive Anthony Peluso

“To have Euphoria critically acclaimed and recognised as an empathetic piece of work full of pathos and wit by our regional audiences has really bolstered its standing in the world of theatre. We are so proud and humbled to have been able to share it with audiences nationally and again this year with South Australian audiences who are at the heart of this production. This is your second chance to go see this beautiful, funny, and deeply moving piece of theatre – don’t miss it!”

A Mental Health Professional will be attached to the tour. This role will support each post show Q&A providing a safe platform for audiences to ‘unpick’ the work and in doing so engage in conversation around the themes and issues EUPHORIA raises about mental health and wellbeing in regional towns. This role will also open further opportunities for community engagement and extend the scope of workshops available to schools and the wider community.

Warning: Contains course language and adult themes referencing mental illness and suicide. Suitable
for ages 15+

Whyalla – Middleback Theatre

Wed Aug 2nd, 11am (limited GP tix available) & 7pm

Port Pirie – Northern Festival Centre

Fri Aug 4th, 11am (limited GP tix available) & 7pm

Renmark – Chaffey Theatre

Thu Aug 10th, 7pm

Fri Aug 11th, 11am (limited GP tix available)

Mount Gambier – Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre

Tue Aug 15th, 11am (limited GP tix available) & 7pm

countryarts.org.au

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