Wed 15 Jan at 7.00pm (preview)
Thu 16 Jan at 7.00pm
Fri 17 Jan at 7.00pm*
Sat 18 Jan at 1.00pm
Sat 18 Jan at 7.00pm
Sun 19 Jan at 5.00pm**
* Followed by Q&A
** Audio Described & AUSLAN Interpreted w/ Tactile Tour at 4.00pm
While Who’s Afraid of the Working Class? gave voice to characters and individuals clinging to existence in the margins of society, after a series of decades where the Australian populace radically transitioned from mostly working class to mostly middle-class, Anthem casts its net wider, looking at what divides and unites us as a country in 2020, and whether we truly do “sing with one voice”. The answer, resoundingly, is no – we do not.
Over four interwoven vignettes, the writers take us inside four stories of characters you could encounter on any public transport journey: an overworked, minimum wage, gig-economy couple planning a Bonnie and Clyde style rampage of revenge against neoliberal capitalism; a sophisticated Louis Vuitton and Chanel toting woman who has been reduced to homelessness by divorce, gender and a lack of financial independence; and Christos Tsiolkas’s contribution, which explores sibling tensions when a successful brother returns from overseas to try and “better” the lives of his family.
The Guardian called it “tough, funny theatre with an urgency to its purpose and no comfortable answers. It can’t say everything about modern Australia, but what it does say rings true.”
Want to read the script? Visit Australian Plays to read the script during January.
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.
Warning - this performance contains strong language, smoke & haze effects and simulated violence
Recommended for ages 15+
Run time includes a 20 minute interval
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