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The Torrents

15 - 30 June 2019 State Theatre Centre of WA, Heath Ledger Theatre

The Torrents

15 - 30 June 2019 State Theatre Centre of WA, Heath Ledger Theatre Buy tickets

A Black Swan State Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company Co-production

by Oriel Gray



It’s the 1890s in the Goldfelds. J.G. Milford has hopped off the train in the small town of Koolgalla to take on a job at the local paper. She’s smart, she’s savvy, she’s incredibly qualified, but nobody knew the J stood for Jenny!

Oriel Gray’s The Torrents is a newsroom comedy that rivals George Bernard Shaw. Jenny’s arrival coincides with a trailblazing engineer’s outrageous idea to bring irrigation to the community and debate rages about whether the town should give up mining for a more sustainable economic future.

Meanwhile, newspaper editor Rufus Torrent and his son Ben are vying for Jenny’s favour, even as she pulls apart their chauvinistic assumptions.

The Torrents was written in 1955. That year, it was joint winner of the prestigious Playwrights’ Advisory Board Competition with Summer of the Seventeenth Doll. In the role of Jenny, Helpmann Award-winning comedian and actor Celia Pacquola (ABC’s Rosehaven, Utopia) will put the spotlight back on this neglected Australian classic.

“Oriel Gray’s name will take a prominent place in the history of Australian Theatre.”
— The Daily News, Perth (1950).

Director Clare Watson
Dramaturg Virginia Gay
Cast includes Gareth Davies, Sophia Forrest, Sam Longley, Alan Little, Celia Pacquola, Steve Rodgers

Black Swan State Theatre Company 2019 Season

Please note:
  • Latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break during the performance.
  • Mobile telephones and electronic devices are to be turned off during the performance.
  • Cameras, video cameras and tape recorders will not be permitted without the consent of the promoter.


  • $88.00 Adult

Standard A Reserve

  • $83.00 Adult
  • $67.00 Concession - Pension Card holders, Seniors Card holders, Children 16 years and under, Unemployed
  • $35.00 Student - Full time student

Standard B Reserve

  • $55.00 Adult
  • $35.00 Student - Full time student

Preview and matinee performances

  • $67.00 Adult Standard A Reserve
  • $55.00 Adult Standard B Reserve
  • $35.00 Student - Full time student


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  • Saturday 15 June
  • Monday 17 June
  • Tuesday 18 June

Opening Night

  • Wednesday 19 June


  • Saturday 29 June, 2pm

Captioned and Audio Described

  • Saturday 29 June, 2pm

Post Show Discussion

  • Tuesday 25 June

Pre Show Discussion

  • Thursday 27 June
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