16 AUG – 8 SEP 2019
HILARIOUSLY INTELLIGENT...DAMN GOOD COMEDY
AN INCREDIBLY THOUGHTFUL AND CHALLENGING WORK...HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
A BOGAN AND BOURGEOIS BATTLE FOR A SUBURBAN BACKYARD
The summery embrace of an Aussie family Christmas. Familiar characters pop the cork on mid-range bubbly for a raucous celebration of festive traditions. But, all is not well.
As adult kids regress to the parental homestead, Mum and Dad’s apparent wealth is waning. They’ve sold the Audi. There are fewer presents. They’re even renting out the back shed to supplement their income.
There’s a bunch of yobbos in the backyard!
Following a Christmas dinner invitation, ocker antics start to infect the house. First, it’s the tracky dacks. Then, it’s the durries. Before you know it, the working class are treading their unsophistication all over the polished floorboards…or so it may seem.
Zoey Dawson pries open social divides with incisive comedy and exacting satire. Directed by Janice Muller, the cast members shine twice, each playing two characters—one bourgeois, one bogan.
Australian Realness fast-forwards from the dawn of the Howard era to revel in the shattering of expectations and artificial class divisions.
PRODUCTION PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS
Commissioned by Malthouse Theatre through the support of the Malcolm Robertson Foundation. Australian Realness was developed with assistance from the Monash University Centre for Theatre and Performance, Artist in Residence Program.
Key image: Zan Wimberley
Images: Pia Johsnon
Linda Cropper, André de Vanny, Emily Goddard, Walter Henry Phillips, Chanella Macri, Greg Stone
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Event & ticketing details
Approx. 90 minutes (no interval)
Contains coarse language, sexual references, herbal cigarettes and some violence.