Rough Trade | Joy Minter & Sydney Fringe Festival

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Nobody likes Mark Zuckerberg and many people translate their dislike into deleting the ubiquitous Facebook app. But for many others, the social media platform remains an essential tool for connection and, for some others, survival. They gather in groups like Rough Trade, developing community that traverses digital and real life divides.

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Breaking the Code | New Theatre

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It is painfully ironic, or perhaps just painfully familiar, that not two weeks out from the kick-off of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the Australian government was debating whether or not to legalise discriminating against trans people in schools. It was a pertinent, if backwards, reminder of the way LGBTQIA+ people’s lives are violently shaped by systemic oppression and unfeeling legislation. Breaking the Code demonstrates how very little can protect someone from legalised bigotry.

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Pomona | Secret House with bAKEHOUSE

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Alistair McDowall’s alternate version of Manchester is part game, part gritty crime drama, and part sci-fi thriller as the characters navigate their shifting and unreliable narratives. Pomona and The Girl are only myths until they become reality for those that choose to get involved.

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Crime & Punishment | Secret House

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In Chris Hannan’s adaptation of the Fyodor Dostoyevsky novel, Russia is a bleak place full of desperation and hardship. The people struggle to find meaning in political debates and philosophical theories about humanity. Raskolnikov is a wayward law student who commits murder to unburden himself from shame but who is unable to justify his actions in his own paranoia.

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