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Laughter through the tears productions, in association with Adelaide Festival Centre presents


Space Theatre
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5 shows


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Do you remember your first gig, concert, or music festival?

The first time you heard Nirvana? When your heart sped up, your knees went weak, and your body started doing things you could not explain?

1992. Charles and Di are breaking up. Dolly magazine is a young girl’s only source of information. And Kurt Cobain is still alive. In suburban Adelaide, 15-year-old Rhiannon is living with her mum Linda, forever buoyed by her favourite radio station and DJ Barry, whose voice appears everywhere and is the authority on everything. Surrounded by teenage droids, Rhiannon seeks out Suzie, a muso from the record store. This meeting plunges Rhiannon into a punk-soaked underworld, and her coming of age begins.

Hits is a new Australian play. But it’s also a love letter – from your teenage self – to that song, that artist, or maybe that person, who came to you at your most awkward and misunderstood, and set your soul on fire.

Also note that this is not, in any way shape or form, a tribute show or a music gig. Instead this is the premiere performance of a new Australian play, performed by an all-South Australian team. Nevertheless, the soundtrack will feature a lot of bangers.

Ages 14 and up

In partnership with

Laughter through the tears productions would like to acknowledge the additional support of State Theatre Company SA, Windmill, Nexus Arts, Flinders University, Rumpus, Australian Plays Transform, La Boite Theatre and Adelaide Festival Centre’s inSPACE program.

Actors: Ren Williams, Emma Beech, Annabel Matheson, Eddie Morrison and a team of First Year Flinders Drama Centre acting students - who will make up the ‘mosh pit chorus’

Writer/director/co-producer: Rebecca Meston

Producer: Jennifer Greer Holmes

Director mentor: Sasha Zahra

Set and costume designer: Ali Jones

Sound designer: Jason Sweeney

Lighting designer: Mark Oakley

Choreographer: Erin Fowler

Production manager: Emma O’Neill

Dramaturg: Saffron Benner

Photographer: Morgan Sette


Emma Beech


My debut theatre work was a show in my mum’s bedroom. Emma graduated from Flinders Drama Centre in 2000, then worked in theatre and screen as well as developing an arts practice of making theatre shows from intimate conversations with other humans, from strangers to my dad, drawing from documentary practice to create my own docu-theatre style.  The best moments of these conversations I collect together to make shows, which exalt the un-exalted in our daily lives, and hone in on our life-changing stories.   

My work is often direct address, and montages monologue storytelling, gestures and physical narratives that are collected from interviews, conversations, confessions and observations. I work with collaborators that include installation-theatre companies in Demark and Singapore, and various companies and festivals locally including The Rabble, Arts House, DreamBIG Festival, Aphids, OSCA, No Strings Attached, STC SA, Brink Productions, No Strings Attached and Vitalstatistix. I have just finished my one-woman show commissioned for the Adelaide Festival, The Photo Box. And I am the proud mum of 8-year old triplets, which is a show all of its own. 

Emma Beech headshot

Ren Williams


Ren Williams is an Australian actor, trained in film and theatre at Flinders Drama Centre. Also specialising in directing and writing, Ren is a co-founder of independent theatre company CRAM Collective. 

After graduating in 2020, Ren made her directing debut in 2021 with Deadset Theatre Company's show 'Truck Stop' along with winning State Theatre Company SA's Young Playwright Award for her play 'Modified'. In June 2022 Ren performed and produced The CRAM Collective's world premiere 'Something Big' (Dir. Connor Reidy), following their sold-out show of 'New World Coming' - a show created in 5 days. Ren's love for film has lead to competing in Adelaide's 48 Hour Film for the past 5 years, winning Best Film for her direction in 'Andii' in 2018, and Best Actress in 2021 for her performance in 'Ingénue'.  

Most recently, Ren performed as five different characters in Kinetik Collective's StateSide show 'Kill Climate Deniers'. In 2023, Ren has acted in a number of short films while also having performed in Adelaide's DreamBIG Festival, with the one woman show Guthrak (Dir. Matthew Briggs) by Under the Microscope. 


Annabel Matheson


Annabel Matheson is a queer performer, maker, and arts worker based on Kaurna land. She completed her acting training at Flinders University Drama Centre, graduating with First Class Honours and a University Medal (2014), and has a Master of Arts and Cultural Management from the University of South Australia (2022). 

Onstage credits for State Theatre Company South Australia: The Bleeding Tree (Theatre Republic), Terrestrial, Machu Picchu (Sydney Theatre Company), and Summer of the Seventeenth Doll. More on stage credits include: Grug and Grug and the Rainbow (Windmill Theatre); Bluey’s Big Play Australian National Tour (AKA Productions); Angelique (isthisyours?); and; Eurydice (Foul Play Theatre). Annabel has also worked on the development of new works with a raft of companies and independent artists. 

With her collaborator Eliza Oliver, she is co-founder of Ladylike Theatre Collective - a queer-feminist theatre company creating works across Adelaide and Sydney. Ladylike projects have been supported by ATYP, Belvoir, Flinders University, and more, and in 2019 Ladylike were State Theatre Company SA Residents.  

She has worked as a tutor, director, and facilitator for young people and adults for over ten years, was a part of the first group of RUMPUS Theatre members, and is currently the Associate Artist for Queer Programs at ActNow Theatre. 

Jennifer Holmes

Eddie Morrison


Eddie Morrison graduated from AC Arts in 2008. Since then, he has worked extensively in theatre all over Australia with Patch Theatre Company, Splash! Theatre, State Theatre Company of SA, ActNowTheatre, and many more. He has written and performed with award-winning sketch comedy troupe The Golden Phung, and performed self-devised solo show The Best Show and comedy cabaret See The Big Man Cry: The Life And Music Of Drought Turgid in the Adelaide Fringe festival.  

His critically-acclaimed production of Patrick Susskind’s solo play The Double Bass was invited to perform at the Perth Fringe World Festival 2020. Recently, he took part in Theatre Republic’s Future:Present play writing and performance hothouse event, and in All The Things I Couldn’t Say for Deus Ex Femina. Eddie’s newest show, developed with Nate Troisi, Have Sex With Me, Please is due to premiere in the Adelaide Fringe in 2024. 

Eddie is also half of satirical theatre comedy duo Muse Of Fire Theatre Collective. 

Eddie is a leading exponent of ‘jokerfied insane clown theatre’ and a founding member of the Zero Theatre Collective, with whom he wrote his first full length ‘normal’ play, Tulpa, due to premiere in late 2024. 

On screen he has appeared in Danger 5 for SBS and Stateless for ABC TV, as well as Decameron 2.0 for State Theatre Company of SA and feature film Never Too Late. 

Eddie also performs regularly with award-winning bands Don Morrison’s Raging Thirst and Haystacks Calhoon. Eddie is a proud member of Actor’s Equity. 

Eddie Morrison headshot



Mon 01 July

Tue 02 July

Wed 03 July

Thu 04 July

Fri 05 July

Sat 06 July

Sun 07 July

Performance Location: Space Theatre

Space Theatre

You can enter the Space Theatre by foot from North Ter­race, Ade­laide Rail­way Sta­tion, Ade­laide Oval, or King William Road. 

From North Ter­race, walk down the laneway along­side SkyC­i­ty Casi­no. From King William Road, you can walk over Fes­ti­val Plaza (there’s a lift and esca­la­tor down to the Dunstan Play­house lev­el) or along the Walk of Fame from Elder Park.


There is an acces­si­ble drop off area locat­ed off Fes­ti­val Dri­ve under the River­bank Footbridge.

A des­ig­nat­ed dis­abil­i­ty drop off is also avail­able 45 min­utes before per­for­mances. To access this drop off area, turn onto Fes­ti­val Dri­ve from King William Road, pass the Fes­ti­val Plaza car park entrance and stay left, dri­ving through the EOS Hotel vis­i­tor drop off loop to arrive at the Dun­stan Play­house & Space Theatre access drop off. 

Taxi services

The best place to be dropped off by taxi is on King William Road at the Fes­ti­val The­atre or on North Terrace. There is also a drop off area locat­ed off low­er Fes­ti­val Dri­ve under­neath the River­bank Footbridge. 

Car parking

The nearest car park is located behind Adelaide Convention Centre on Festival Drive - next to the Riverbank Footbridge. The eastern lift will take you to the promenade level where it's a short walk to the theatre entrance. Visit the Adelaide Convention Centre website for more information. 

Public transport

Accessible by many forms of public transport. Including trains, buses, the tram (stop at Railway Station) and a free bus service that operates on a loop throughout the city and North Adelaide with stops on the corner of King William Road and North Terrace.

We want to make your vis­it as enjoy­able as pos­si­ble and offer many ways to assist if sup­port is required.

Accessible seating

Patrons using a wheel­chair and those unable to man­age stairs can be seat­ed in the bal­cony or on floor lev­el depend­ing on the venue configuration. 


Stair-free seat­ing is avail­able at the upper bal­cony lev­el only. 


Accessible toilets are available at all Adelaide Festival Centre venues.

Assistance animals

Every theatre and event/function area of Adelaide Festival Centre is assistance animal friendly. 

Audio assistance

Space Theatre has hearing loop facilities, limited to particular seats in the venues.

Audience members who require hearing assistance are now able to enjoy the show via the Beyerdynamic Hearing System. Please advise the oper­a­tor at the time of booking. 

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