ABOUT

Founded in 2015, Secret House is a Sydney based theatre company. Our focus is the language of performance. We collaborate to create a shared experience, exploring the relationship between artist and audience.

Past productions include The Australian premiere of Bird (2019) directed by Jane Angharad, the Australian premiere of Joseph K (2019) directed by Sean O’Riordan, the Australian premiere of Crime and Punishment (2018) and The Seagull (2017) adapted and directed by Anthony Skuse, Troilus and Cressida (2018), The Winter’s Tale (2017) and Cymbeline (2016) adapted and directed by Sean O’Riordan, The Australian premiere of Blink (2016) directed by Oleg Pupovac, the Australian premiere of Henna Night (2016) directed by Glen Hamilton and an adapted 90 minute version of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra (2015) directed by Laura Heard. In 2020 Secret House are excited present the Sydney premiere of Pomona by Alistair McDowall at KXT and team up with The Seymour Centre to present Hedda Gabler.

“Secret House Theatre Company has done what no big budget, small budget, opera house or black box studio could do. I am converted. This version of The Seagull has taken me by the hand and gently walked me to a place of understanding. And no one is more astonished than I.” Sydney Arts Guide

"Cleverly adapted, beautifully designed and expertly cast, there is nothing to fear from this Seagull – it is immensely watchable and entirely relatable for the modern audience ... Secret House are known for breathing new life into Shakespeare’s more obscure works. It is a magic that they have now applied to Chekhov." Au Review

"This show will have you both laughing and crying. You will be moved and captivated by the magic of this vividly performed, theatrical experience." Sydney Arts Guide

"It is in this context, that Sean O’Riordan’s interpretation of The Winter’s Tale and its emphasis on clarity of language, emerges as one of the best adaptations of Shakespeare I have seen in my time as a reviewer." Lisa Thatcher

"Cymbeline is a phenomenal piece of contemporary Shakespeare and I highly recommend checking it out." The Buzz From Sydney

“Secret House and O’Riordan have demonstrated they know what it takes to put on a convincing, entertaining Shakespearean event. This production wrangles what is often viewed as a convoluted, overladen play into a surprisingly amusing and compelling night of theatre.” The AU Review

 

“Secret House has come up with a captivating two hour adaptation of Shakespeare’s great love tragedy, in modern dress and using the original language and plot.   This stripped down new version is fast-paced and features an ensemble of just eleven actors skilfully playing some twenty seven roles...With this  production Secret House has delivered an Antony and Cleopatra that works well for a contemporary audience...Recommended.” Sydney Arts Guide

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