Nothing | National Theatre of Parramatta

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There is something particularly chilling about listening to children work through some of life’s great conundrums like unfairness or death. They haven’t adopted either the niceties or the distracting justifications upon which adults couch these conversations so the ideas are laid bare and shocking. In Nothing, adapted for the stage by Pelle Koppel from the controversial 2000 novel by Janne Teller, a group of children grapple with perhaps the largest question of all: the meaning of life.

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Borderlands: Two Short Plays by Tommy James Green | Sydney Fringe Festival

Borders are intrinsically confrontational places where worlds, cultures, and expectations collide. In two short plays by Tommy James Green, characters meet on borders with troubling demands, sparking both violence and unexpected connections.

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Razor Gang Wars: The Rise of Tilly Devine & Kate Leigh | Actors Anonymous & Blancmange Productions

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It’s been a few years since Deadhouse: Tales of Sydney Morgue dove into the underground history of Sydney’s streets but this third season turns its focus on the infamous and iconic duo of Tilly Devine and Kate Leigh. But while Tilly and Kate were making names for themselves as famous female criminals, there were women on the other side of the law taking advantage of their own opportunities.

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Through the Cracks | EDGE Spaces

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A woman goes missing and no one knows how or why. On the surface she was a perfectly normal middle-aged woman, so what went wrong? In an immersive, interactive detective mystery, the audience helps Inspector Tilly find the clues to this disappearance buried deep the in the ephemera of the victim’s life.

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Tom at the Farm | Fixed Foot Productions with bAKEHOUSE

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Tom arrives at a rural farmhouse with the expectations of an uncomfortable but predictable encounter with his deceased partner’s family. His presence, though, unravels a long string of lies and secrecy stretching from William’s childhood into their relationship, right up until he died. Perhaps even more unexpected, though, is what Tom learns about himself deep in the muck of the farm.

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Tell Me I’m Here | Belvoir

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Some forty-five years ago, there was very little information and treatment available for mental illness so, when Anne’s first son Jonathan began acting out, getting aggressive, skipping school, and speaking about things no one else could see, the rough road to a diagnosis was only the beginning of the family’s battle to get Jonathan help and safety.

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Whitefella Yella Tree | Griffin Theatre Company

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There are many myths about the colonisation of Australia used to justify the invasion and genocide, to demand gratitude from First Nations people, and especially to erase the language, culture, and lives of First Nations people prior to colonisation. Writers like Yuin, Bunurong and Tasmanian Bruce Pascoe and plangermairreenner of the Ben Lomond people Jim Everett-puralia meenamatta have worked for decades to dispel some of the myths that persist today. This new play from Palawa playwright Dylan Van Den Berg takes up the task to rewrite the understanding of queerness amongst First Nations cultures.

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Labyrinth | Dream Plane Productions

The world of big finance is deliberately obscured such that the average person isn’t aware of a problem until the economy comes crashing down around them and they lose all their savings. It’s part of the appeal of movies like the Big Short or Wall Street, which part the curtain on banks, brokerages, and the intricate financial systems that hold them all together. Beth Steel’s 2016 script shoulders its way behind the scenes of the 1981 US Recession, specifically, and the banks that made it possible.

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Constellations | Lane Cove Theatre Company

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The scientific theory of the multiverse, where there are infinite universes in which every possibility may have already happened, is a difficult idea to wrap the mind around but we play with these hypotheticals all the time. What would my life be like if I hadn’t met that person? How would my life be different if I hadn’t taken that job? Or maybe, what would I do if I ever got sick?

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Chimerica | New Theatre

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China is a prominent topic of conversation in Australian media, especially in recent times with shuffling political positioning between China, America, and Taiwan or between China and the Pacific island nations. As close neighbours, Australia likes to keep an eye on China, for better or worse, but we’re not the only ones as the term “Chimerica”, coined in 2006 by historian Niall Ferguson and economist Moritz Schularick to denote the relationship between the United States and China and its impact on global economic and cultural systems, indicates.

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