To coincide with this significant anniversary, Riverside has compiled a diverse programme which aims to reflect the broad interests of its audiences and the community.
Kicking off the year will be two must-see international productions including the solo storytelling show 'Taha' based on the life of Palestine poet Taha Muhammad Ali as well as the family production 'Wilde Creatures' direct from London and inspired by Oscar Wilde's fairy tales.
'Black Is The New White'
Riverside will once again welcome major Australian theatre companies and their productions to Parramatta including Sydney Theatre Company's 'The Wharf Revue', Opera Australia's 'Madame Butterfly', Hayes Theatre Co's smash 'Calamity Jane' and Packemin Productions' 'Shrek – The Musical' starring Jay Laga'aia from 'Play School' as Shrek himself.
Australian pieces will include 'Letters To Lindy' by Alana Valentine and presented by Merrigong Theatre Company, 'The Climbing Tree' based on the experiences of teens in rural NSW, HIT Productions' 'Hotel Sorrento' by Hannie Rayson and ATYP's 'A Town Named War Boy' based on the State Library of NSW's collection of First World War materials.
Two must-see Aboriginal stories in the 2018 program include Nakkiah Lui’s 'Black Is The New White' from Sydney Theatre Company and Nathan Maynard’s 'The Season' from Tasmania Performs.
The multi-award winning theatre company, Sport for Jove, will return to Riverside with three of Shakespeare’s greatest plays including 'The Tempest' in May and 'Macbeth' and 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' in June.
Riverside's National Theatre of Parramatta will celebrate its third year, with four world premieres and six Australian plays. These include 'Flight Paths', 'Stolen', 'The Girl/The Woman' and 'Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam'.
FORM Dance Projects continues delivering exceptional work with 'Valley', 'Dancescience', Plenty Serious Talk Talk' and more.
"Many thousands of performances and millions of visitors later, Riverside continues to programme the very best of local, national and international companies and artists to share stories of who we are and who we might want to be, and places and situations re-imagined and refracted through the lens of performance on stage and screen," Riverside Theatres Director Robert Love says.
"Let’s just say 2018 is a 'pearler' of a year."