Alone on a
dumped by a boy she thought she loved, nineteen-year-old Rosie Price makes a
list. A list of all the things she knows to be true. It surprises her how short
the list is. And she knows that she has to go home, sooner rather than later.
And this is where our story starts. With a phone call in the middle of the
night – every parent’s nightmare – and also every child’s: who’s calling, who
needs my help? With a body seemingly suspended in the inky black space of the
theatre. With a bleary sleep-croaked ‘Hello?’ Berlin
Over the course of the play, we meet the Price family (the name is significant, I think) – father Bob, mother Fran, and the (now adult) children Pip, Mark, Ben, and Rosie – who live on a property in Hallett Cove. As we get to know the family and their relationships with each other, so too their backyard grows – from the fence, to the paddocks and trees, the flower beds, rose bushes, and the ubiquitous shed – and something ordinary is created in front of our eyes in sometimes beautiful and extraordinary ways. Directed by Geordie Brookman and Scott Graham, Things I Know To Be True is the latest play from acclaimed playwright Andrew Bovell, and marks the first international co-production by State Theatre Company of South Australia, in this case with UK-based movement company Frantic Assembly. It’s a story about a family, about loving and letting go; about growing and discovering yourself, finding out who you are; about grieving and saying goodbye; about the very particular and universal rhythms of family, and how one family grows over the course of a year.