Norm & Ahmed | Australian Theatre Live

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The multiculturalism of Australia has been a hot-button topic of discussion for several years now, usually raised around issues of immigration, international relations, and national pride during events like Australia Day. But even if it seems particularly relevant recently, Alex Bezo’s 1960s script Norm & Ahmed shows that culture clashes in this land are old news.

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The Removalists | New Theatre

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A woman turns to the police for assistance when her husband assaults her. The police take the opportunity to puff their chests and wield their power. David Williamson’s the Removalists is exemplary of the playwright’s successes and shortcomings in a brutal, violent exploration of power and toxic masculinity.

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The Cripple of Inishmaan | Mad March Hare Theatre Co with Red Line Productions

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On a small island in Ireland, a young boy dreams of being a film star in Hollywood or at the very least not being called “Cripple” Billy anymore. When an opportunity to escape arrives, Billy takes full advantage, perhaps underestimating the full cost of leaving home.

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Ditch | Dream Plane Productions

1. Giles Gartrell-Mills (Photography by Becky Matthews)

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In the near future, the world has reached breaking point: the government is forcibly mandating birth control, people are fleeing across borders, communications have broken down between major powers and volatile states, and nuclear war hangs on the horizon. Ditch makes manifest the threats, predictions, and fears gathering for generations and presents the world as it may one day be.

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