Sydney Festival - Anthem
15 Jan — 19 Jan 2020
Roslyn Packer Theatre
Twenty-one years ago, four playwrights and a composer came together to create Who's Afraid of the Working Class?, a powerful, critically-acclaimed portrait of Australia in the Howard era.
Now, six prime ministers later, writers Andrew Bovell, Patricia Cornelius, Melissa Reeves, Christos Tsiolkas and Irine Vela reunite to take the national pulse and ask if the advance of Australia is truly fair.
Created with director Susie Dee and an extraordinary ensemble of performers, Anthem is a funny, unflinching and astute portrait of a country unwilling to reconcile its past and uncertain of its future and political vision.
Who's Afraid of the Working Class? amplified the voices of ordinary people so we all could hear them. Now, Anthem turns up the volume on the everyday injustices we choose to ignore; colliding voices that may not always be in harmony but cannot be silenced.
By Andrew Bovell, Patricia Cornelius, Melissa Reeves, Christos Tsiolkas and Irine Vela.
Directed by Susie Dee. Produced by Performing Lines in association with Arts Centre Melbourne.
“Intelligence, well-judged humour and the searching qualities of truly memorable theatre” – Sydney Morning Herald on Who's Afraid Of The Working Class? [MIAF quote]
“When we talk about landmark moments in Australian playwriting, it’s hard to go past Who’s Afraid of the Working Class, the blistering collaboration between four of our finest writers… With their powers combined, they are to Australian theatre what the Avengers are to superheroes” – Time Out on Who's Afraid Of The Working Class?
Approx. duration 150 minutes (including interval) Subject to change.
Content warning Contains very strong language, smoke & haze effects and simulated violence. Recommended ages 15+