Twelfth Night (heads or tails) | New Theatre

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After the year we had in 2020, we could all use a bit of a laugh. Cue one of the oldest comedy writers out there with the classic tale of love, deception, mistaken identities, and twins! But, this time, with a twist.

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Picnic at Hanging Rock | New Theatre

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The story of Picnic at Hanging Rock has haunted the Australian conscious for decades. The original novel spurred on multiple film and stage adaptations as well as a musical, radio play, and miniseries. This most recent stage adaptation by Tom Wright condenses the atmosphere of the iconic tale and heightens its drama exponentially.

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Animal Farm | New Theatre

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The last few years have felt particularly prophetic as the global timeline twists in on itself with the rise of fascism in the west, the collapse of democracy in Hong Kong, the civil rights movement of Black Lives Matter, and the “unprecedented” times of COVID-19 which saw responses from political leaders uncannily similar to the AIDS crisis and the 1918 flu pandemic. So it’s not surprising to see artists turn to the well-worn narratives of George Orwell as an imperfect mirror for the cycle of oppression and revolution we’re living through.

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Neighbourhood Watch | New Theatre

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Mary St is a perfectly ordinary suburban street with perfectly ordinary residents. The only thing missing is perhaps a bit of community spirit, the comfort of having someone keeping an eye on your business. But when two relative newbie neighbours strike up a friendship, the close quarters create more friction than expected.

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Angry Fags | New Theatre

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Since Hilary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump in the 2016 US Presidential Election, the distinction between left and right politics and the reporting of each have become increasingly inflammatory and divisive. The Democratic Party have encountered harsh criticism for their inability to play dirty, to not compromise. But what would it look like for the left to try something new? Perhaps something extreme?

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1984! The Musical! | New Theatre

George Orwell’s dystopian political satire has had a resurgence of popularity since the 2016 US Presidential Election, the revelation of Facebook’s interest in spreading misinformation, and the generalised fascist-y turn global politics has taken recently. This new adaptation looks specifically to the funny side of surveillance and turns the 1949 novel into a comedy and a musical.

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Little Miss Sunshine | New Theatre

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The attitude of splitting people into winners and losers is a distinctly American phenomena that inspired Michael Arndt’s screenplay about the Hoover family, a band of misfits fighting against the belief that they are exemplary losers. Adapted into a musical by James Lapine and William Finn, Little Miss Sunshine follows this bland family in their bright yellow VW van from New Mexico to California for the competition of their lives.

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The Angry Brigade | New Theatre

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In the late 60s and early 70s, stirred by the political unrest abroad, a group of young anarchists began a bombing campaign in Britain and became the country’s first terrorist organisation. James Graham’s script is a political history of both sides: the specialist investigative team established to find the Angry Brigade and the group of anarchists themselves.

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Trojan Barbie | Scribe Theatre with New Theatre

Lotte thinks she deserves a holiday and some loving at the same time but she couldn’t have known her singles tour of Troy would drag her through history into the ancient falling city. Mixing history, mythology, and the modern day, Trojan Barbie is a confronting exploration of the trauma of war through the female victims.

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The Becoming | New Theatre

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Inspired by the surrealism of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis, Katie Pollock reimagines the well-known novella through young Greta’s eyes as her brother takes a sudden ugly turn towards extremism. In The Becoming, dangerous ideology and its sibling, dangerous indifference, means nobody gets out alive.

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