Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran | Javaad Alipoor Company and National Theatre of Parramatta

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If global crises like climate change or COVID-19 make anything clear, it’s that the wealthy and the poor are living in completely different version of reality. Some can have whatever they want whenever they want it while others are literally struggling to keep their heads above water. This second instalment of a trilogy in Javaad Alipoor’s “state of the world” theatre-making takes on wealth, power, and Instagram.

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Green Park | Griffin Theatre Company

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Two strangers meet in a park ostensibly for a simple hook-up. But they each want something from the other and they aren’t being entirely honest about it either. As darkness falls and the sounds of evening traffic creeps in, the carefully hidden aspects of their lives begin to infiltrate their rendezvous and unsettle their strange acquaintance.

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Wudjang: Not the Past | Bangarra Dance Theatre & Sydney Theatre Company

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When the future or even the present feel so pressing it can be difficult to see the relevance of old stories and traditions. But in this collaborative performance between Bangarra Dance Theatre and Sydney Theatre Company, the past is shown to be ongoing with powerful lessons that ancestors can teach about resilience and care.

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Killing Katie: Confessions of a Book Club | Ensemble Theatre

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Friendships are delicate things and they can grow brittle with age as people set into their ways and rhythms. So when a new voice gets injected into an old script, it can make or break the very foundations of the friendship. In this case, it even ends in death.

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Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? | State Theatre Company South Australia

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Edward Albee’s searing critique of 1960s American polite society is a classic but that doesn’t exclude it from examination as time, opinion, and attitudes change. In this production the text gets held up to the light, prodded a bit; does this thing still hold up? Does it still ring true?

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Slow Burn | Q Theatre

Bushfires are a familiar summer phenomenon in Australia but, if you’re among the majority of lucky Australians, you don’t see much beyond the nightly news segments and brief interview soundbites from survivors. What does a bushfire do to a community or a family? How might the shock of loss shape the rest of someone’s life?

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44 Sex Acts in One Week | Club House Productions

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After the success of Kill Climate Deniers in 2018, playwright David Finnigan again brings climate change explicitly to the stage with a story full of raunchy, raucous characters and extreme circumstances. This time environmentalism comes up against click-bait sexuality when a young writer finds herself caught in the middle of art v capitalism and control v pleasure.

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宿 (stay) | Kurinji & SAtheCollective with OzAsia Festival

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History is an inescapable force. It settles deep into the soil and reverberates forward through time. In this new multidisciplinary collaborative production that spans Australia and Singapore, the consequences of a generations-old crime crop up in the lives of three seemingly unrelated women. What about their past is hiding in plain sight?

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Black Brass | Belvoir with Performing Lines WA

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Is there a more pressing time than now, in the centre of the social, political, environmental, health crisis of our time, to consider the impact of art? For one young man, some snippets of songs are enough to unravel the deeply enmeshed timelines of his life, his community, and the political stability of his home country. Despite trying to start over on another shore, music and the memories tied up in the lyrics and rhythms follow him, calling him back to a life he’d rather forget.

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Set Piece | Anna Breckon & Nat Randall with Performance Space

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What thrills many people about theatre is its proximity to real life: real people walking around real space in real time. In this new piece by co-creators Anna Breckon and Nat Randall, the conglomerate form of theatre and film presses on the boundaries of intimacy and relation including the relationships between the actors on stage and the audience in the wings.

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