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Diving For Pearls

November 1, 2017 @ 7:30 pm

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An event every week that begins at 7:30pm on Wednesday and Friday, repeating until November 4, 2017

An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Thursday, repeating until November 4, 2017

An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Thursday, repeating until November 4, 2017

An event every week that begins at 2:30pm on Saturday, repeating until November 4, 2017

Diving For Pearls

Katherine Thomson

!Book Tickets


1 – 5 Nov

Wed 1 Nov, 7.30pm
Thu 2 Nov, 11am
Thu 2 Nov, 6.30pm
Fri 3 Nov, 7.30pm
Sat 4 Nov, 2.30pm
Sat 4 Nov, 7.30pm
Sun 5 Nov, 5.00pm


Venue: Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Bruce Gordon Theatre
Theatre Company: Griffin Theatre Company

Duration: 2 hrs 20 mins (incl. interval)

Award-winning writer, and one of the founders of Wollongong’s original professional theatre company, Theatre South, Katherine Thomson has written one of the great Australian plays. Set in Wollongong during the economic rationalism of the late ‘80s, Diving for Pearls is both iconic and startlingly relevant.

With the town she grew up in changing all around her, Barbara is determined to change with it. Dreaming of a way out, she sets her sights on a job at one of the new resorts popping up all over town. Meanwhile, Den is having change forced upon him. The steelworks he’s worked at his whole life has been sold and Den must reinvent himself to survive. The arrival of Barbara’s daughter, Verge, just might be the thing that tips Barbara and Den over the edge.

Australia’s most acclaimed new-writing company, Sydney’s Griffin Theatre Company continues its tradition of reviving the very best of Australian works, with a vibrant new production of Diving for Pearls. Directed by Darren Yap (Letters to Lindy) and starring Helpmann Award-winning actor Ursula Yovich, this is a vivid, dramatic and wryly hilarious testament to a significant period in the history of Australian industrial communities.

Recommended for ages 12+.

Free Talking Point
Diving for Pearls – Merrigong Talking Point
Saturday 4 November, approx. 30 mins after the matinee ends

“Katherine Thomson’s potent play is a heroic… howl for justice in the workforce. Diving for Pearls gives hope to the Australian Theatre” – The Mail

Image: Ursula Yovich. Photo by Brett Boardman.

Ticket Prices
Premium: $79
Adult: $67
Conc/Group 8+: $62
Under 30s: $49
Family of 4: $196 (Max 2 Adults)
School Groups 8+: $23

(Under 30s tickets not available online. A per transaction fee of $6.90 applies for phone and online bookings.)


November 1, 2017
7:30 pm
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Illawarra Performing Arts Centre – Bruce Gordon Theatre
32 Burelli Street
Wollongong, New South Wales 2500 Australia
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02 4224 5999


Price Range
Venue Seating
over 250

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