16 - 28 May 2011

THE HATPIN is the true story of a single mother, Amber Murray, who advertised her baby in a newspaper trading column in the hope of saving his life but ended up embroiled in one of the most captivating and moving criminal trials in Australian history. Using the moral support she gains from her friendship with the
free spirited Harriet Piper, Amber fights the injustices of circumstance and tragedy to find hope and strength.

First produced in Sydney in 2008 starring Caroline O'Connor, THE HATPIN was subsequently presented
later that year at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. In 2009 it was presented for the first time in Victoria at University of Ballarat Arts Academy.

Magnormos will produce the Melbourne premiere at Theatre Works, following their extraordinary successes in 2010 including two seasons of the award-winning [title of show] at Theatre Works, three Stephen Sondheim concerts at Melbourne Recital Centre, and the annual OzMade Musicals concert at the Comedy Theatre hosted by Rhonda Burchmore.

"A powerful piece of musical theatre... A landmark moment in Australian musical theatre."
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

"The audience is gripped by the kind of tension and horror normally associated with a Hitchcock thriller."
STAGE NOISE

TICKETS
Full $48
Concession & Groups 7+ $43
Preview $35

DURATION
120 minutes plus interval

WARNINGS
Smoke Machine | Hazer Machine

Books & Lyrics by
JAMES MILLAR
Directed by
SHAUN KINGMA
Music by
PETER RUTHERFORD
Musical Direction
SOPHIE THOMAS
Lighting design
LUCY BIRKINSHAW
Design by
CHRISTINA LOGAN-BELL
Costumes by
EMMA KENNEDY

Theatre Works & Magnormos present

The Hatpin

By James Millar