Theatre World Premiere Australia

Anthem

by Andrew Bovell, Patricia Cornelius, Melissa Reeves, Christos Tsiolkas and Irine Vela

With intelligence, well-judged humour and the searching qualities of truly memorable theatre.

Sydney Morning Herald on Who's Afraid of the Working Class?
The long-awaited follow-up to one of Australian theatre’s most acclaimed collaborations asks a bold question: does Australia share a dream and do we really sing with one voice?

Twenty-one years ago four playwrights and a composer came together to create Who’s Afraid of the Working Class?, a series of powerful interwoven vignettes that captured the zeitgeist of Melbourne and Australia in the 1990s. Now the same team reunite to take the pulse of our nation today with director Susie Dee and an incredible ensemble cast.

What emerges is a funny and ferocious portrait of a country unable to reconcile its past, uncertain of its future and political vision. The colliding voices that make up this anthem might not always be in harmony, but they cannot be silenced.

Who’s Afraid of the Working Class? was an ode to tiny struggles writ large; Anthem turns up the volume on the everyday injustices we choose not to hear.

Susie Dee (Love, SHIT) directs an extraordinary ensemble of performers and musicians to give voice to this important work. The diverse and multi-generational cast includes Amanda Ma, Maude Davey, Tony Nikolakopoulos, Eva Seymour, Carly Sheppard, Maria Mercedes, Reef Ireland, Thuso Lekwape, Osamah Sami, Eryn Jean Norvill, Sahil Saluja and Ruthy Kaisila.

Post-show Q&A

Fri 4 October

Stay after the show for a free Q&A with the creatives.

Warning: contains very strong language. Recommended for ages 15+.

PHOTO | Pier Carthew

Writers
Andrew Bovell
Patricia Cornelius
Melissa Reeves
Christos Tsiolkas
Irine Vela
Director
Susie Dee
Designer
Marg Horwell
Lighting Designer
Paul Jackson
Music Director and Sound Designer
Irine Vela
Movement Consultant
Natalie Cursio
Assistant Director
Sapidah Kian
Aboriginal Cultural Consultant
Bryan Andy
Cast
Maude Davey
Reef Ireland
Ruthy Kaisila
Thuso Lekwape
Amanda Ma
Maria Mercedes
Tony Nikolakopoulos
Eryn Jean Norvill
Sahil Saluja
Osamah Sami
Eva Seymour
Carly Sheppard
Jenny M. Thomas
Dan Witton
Creative Producer (2016—March 2019)
Daniel Clarke

Partners

  • Presented with
  • Arts Centre Melbourne
  • Presenting Partners
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  • MAIF Barristers Consortium
  • MIAF Commissioning Circle

Major Festivals Initiative 

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., commissioned by Melbourne International Arts Festival, Arts Centre Melbourne, Sydney Festival and Perth Festival. 

This project was initiated by Arts Centre Melbourne.

Produced by Performing Lines in association with Arts Centre Melbourne. Script commissioned by Arts Centre Melbourne.

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