'The Hate Race springs from page to stage in this must-see theatrical masterwork'
Time Out
'Impressive and mesmerising.... Zahra Newman is brilliant'
The Guardian
'Newman is an utter powerhouse'
The Age
'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)

Inspired by the best-selling, award-winning memoir by Australian writer and poet of Afro-Caribbean descent 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), accompanied by multidisciplinary performer and musician Kuda Mapeza. Zahra 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 reimagining, 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. 

 

 

LABRISH COMMUNITY PROGRAM

Labrish, the community program of The Hate Race, is designed for people who identify as African diasporic, First Peoples, people of colour and underrepresented creatives. Labrish is an activation of free workshops and spoken word events surrounded by community elevation, mental health resources and access to discounted tickets. It is a celebration of storytelling, wellbeing and connection. 

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Andyinc Foundation
griffin
city of sydney

This script was commissioned by Malthouse Theatre. The development of this script has been generously supported by Griffin Theatre Company and City of Sydney.

Maxine Beneba Clarke Headshot

WRITER /

Maxine Beneba Clarke

Tariro Mavondo Headshot

CO-DIRECTOR /

Tariro Mavondo

Courtney Stewart Headshot

CO-DIRECTOR /

Courtney Stewart

Declan Greene Headshot

DRAMATURG /

Declan Greene

Zahra Newman Headshot

CAST /

Zahra Newman

Kuda Mapeza Headshot

CAST (MUSICIAN) /

Kuda Mapeza

Zoë Rouse Headshot

SET & COSTUME DESIGNER /

Zoë Rouse

Rachel Lee Headshot

LIGHTING DESIGNER /

Rachel Lee

Dan West Headshot

COMPOSER & SOUND DESIGNER /

Dan West

Jess Keepence  Headshot

STAGE MANAGER /

Jess Keepence

Amarantha Robinson Headshot

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT LEAD /

Amarantha Robinson

BESEN PLACEMENT ARTIST PROGRAM RECIPIENT (SET & COSTUME DESIGN) /

Bianca Pardo

BESEN PLACEMENT ARTIST PROGRAM RECIPIENT (PRODUCING) /

Emily Wells

SCENIC ARTIST /

Patrick Jones

Event & ticketing details

Performance Times

PREVIEWS /
7pm, Fri 23 Feb
7pm, Sat 24 Feb
7pm, Mon 26 Feb
7pm, Tue 27 Feb
OPENING NIGHT /
7pm, Wed 28 Feb
IN SEASON /
7pm, Tue – Sat
1.30pm, Sat
5pm, Sun
TIME TO TALK /
7pm, Wed 6 Mar

Content notes

This production contains dynamic sound and strobing lights, frequent use of coarse language, depictions of external, internalised and systemic racism and microaggressions, depictions of racial violence, kidnapping & racial slurs, references to slavery and colonisation, depictions of anxiety and struggles with mental health within minors.

For the full list of content warnings, see here.

Event notes

DURATION /

65 minutes (no interval)

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