A beautifully-calibrated play, pitched perfectly to the adolescent ear and with a compassion for its characters that transcends the alliance of similar ages – this is a play for young people, but it’s an important play for everyone.
Aussie Theatre, Sydney

Fresh and profound
Sydney Arts Guide

Nina is 16 years old, good at school, has a job at the cinema and one of the best singing voices around. But none of that is important. She needs a place to live. Living with her Aunty in an overcrowded house, things aren’t going well, and it’s getting complicated.

Erica is 16 and the new girl in town. Her Dad’s in the RAAF and the family’s just moved to Katherine. She’s lived all over Australia and every time she makes somewhere home, she moves again. She’s so used to being an outsider, she’s stopped trying to fit in.

The only thing they have in common is the music they listen to. Sometimes that’s enough.

Sugarland provides a glimpse into a teenage Australia that feels like a foreign country. This exceptional new play will make you laugh, cry and stay with you long after you leave the theatre.


Written by
Rachael Coopes
Wayne Blair

Directed by
Fraser Corfield
David Page


Dubs Yunupingu
Calen Tassone
Xanthe Paige
Narek Arman
Jonas Thomson
Eliza Loga

Commissioned and Developed by
Australian Theatre for Young People

Toured by Performing Lines for Blak Lines

Information for Presenters

Sugarland toured nationally as part of the Blak Lines Indigenous Touring Initiative, supported by the Australia Council for the Arts.

Presentation History

Godinymayin Yijard River Arts and Culture Centre
Katherine, WA
Pilbeam Theatre
Rockhampton, QLD
Riverway Arts Centre
Townsville, QLD
Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre
Mackay, QLD
Lismore, NSW
Canberra Theatre Centre
Canberra, ACT
Geelong Performing Arts Centre
Geelong, VIC
Arts Centre Melbourne
Melbourne, VIC
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
Mandurah, WA
State Theatre Centre
Perth, WA
Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre
Bathurst, NSW
Orange Civic Theatre
Orange, NSW
Griffith Regional Theatre
Griffith, NSW
Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre
Wagga Wagga, NSW
Casula Powerhouse Theatre
Casula, NSW
Manning Entertainment Centre
Taree, NSW
Plenty Ranges Arts Centre
South Morang, VIC
Araluen Arts Centre
Alice Springs, NT
Nyinkka Nyunuyu Arts Centre
Tennant Creek, NT
Corrugated Iron Youth Arts
Darwin, NSW
Shoalhaven Arts Centre
Nowra, NSW

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

In everything we do, we acknowledge that we live on Aboriginal land and constantly learn from the wisdom of First Peoples.

Where we are and the history that precedes us informs how we work and how we move forward.