Picnic at Hanging Rock is already known as quite an involved story. Tom Wright's stage adaption takes that notion even further by setting it across multiple timelines and having each role filled by multiple actors.
That's the adaption the Launceston Players will present at the Earl Arts Centre, from September 13 to 22.
Each of the all-female cast of five play several roles - up to 11 characters, and both male and female - and each role is played by several different actors throughout the play.
Actor Bindy Stephens said it's the kind of opportunity thespians dream about.
"I love the script: it's give actors the opportunity you've been dying for, which is to analyse really deep text," she said.
"The adaption is really interesting - it has that sense of foreboding and mystery.
"I think it'll be a great play for not only theatre-lovers but people of that generation who grew up watching Picnic at Hanging Rock."
Director Peter Hammond say the production was a great complement to the film, but was closer to the book in its level of weirdness.
"There's a complete mixture of time," he said.
"[The actors] play contemporary, modern-day schoolgirls telling us the story of something that happened in the 1900s.
"By the end time we don't know what timeframe we're in - time blends and it concertinas in on itself."
Tickets cost $42.00 adults, $38.00 concession, $30 under 16, through theatrenorth.com.au or on the door an hour beforehand.
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