Winner of the NSW Premier's Literary Award Multicultural NSW Award 2017
For 'The Hate Race' memoir
Powerful, poetic, melodic & masterful; it’s a hugely important read for people the world over
The Literary Edit (for 'The Hate Race' memoir)
There is a tendency to talk about a young author such as Clarke as a 'writer to watch' with the expectation that she may, one day, achieve the extraordinary. With THE HATE RACE, she already has
The Australian (for 'The Hate Race' memoir)
THE HATE RACE has a heft to it that is at once steeped in history, and also exquisitely and playfully modern; it is lyrical, sincere and ironic, but above all, it is fierce
Books + Publishing (for 'The Hate Race' memoir)

Inspired by the best-selling, award-winning memoir by Caribbean-Australian writer Maxine Beneba Clarke, The Hate Race is an unflinching exploration of the complexities of race in Australia, and the universal search for belonging. Making its theatrical premiere on the Malthouse stage, this powerful story stars Zahra Newman (Wake in Fright), who embodies all characters from the book with astonishing honesty and theatricality. 

The Hate Race follows Maxine’s childhood in Sydney’s western suburbs, as she navigates the sting of otherness. From everyday street encounters to schoolyard battles, Maxine’s story exposes the realities of growing up the child of Black migrants in a predominantly white society. This inventive re-imagining, filled with poetry, music and beats, invites audiences to experience Maxine’s world —exposing biases, challenging societal norms, and asking us to foster empathy and understanding as we seek an inclusive future. 

The Hate Race is more than a theatrical experience—it is a call to action. This is how we change. 

Andyinc Foundation


Maxine Beneba Clarke 


Tariro Mavondo


Courtney Stewart


Declan Greene


Zahra Newman


Zoë Rouse


Rachel Lee


Dan West

Event & ticketing details

Performance Times

7pm, Fri 23 Feb
7pm, Sat 24 Feb
7pm, Mon 26 Feb
7pm, Tue 27 Feb
7pm, Wed 28 Feb
7pm, Tue – Sat
2pm, Sat
5pm, Sun
7pm, Wed 6 Mar

Content notes

This production contains depictions of external, internalised and systemic racism and micro aggressions, depictions of racial violence, references to slavery and colonisation, depictions of anxiety and struggles with mental health within minors.

All warnings are subject to change, please check back closer to the time of performance for an updated list of potentially sensitive content. 

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