Norm and Ahmed

Wed 14 to Sat 17 Mar 2018

Time: 7pm

It’s been 50 years since the first performance of Norm and Ahmed. To celebrate this significant anniversary, Persona Collective will perform at the Bolton Park Skatepark (next to Bolton Park Car Park).

Buzo’s classic is a watershed work and generated immense controversy when it was first staged. The play features Charles Sturt University Lecturer in Acting, Dominique Sweeney, and local performer and Wagga Wagga High School student Abu Kebe. Directed by Dominique’s colleague, CSU’s Lecturer in Acting, Robert Lewis, the play deals with issues of identity, the fear of the unknown, and Australia’s suppressed xenophobia.

Late one night at a deserted street, Norm, a working class Anglo Australian, stops a young international student, Ahmed. Norm asks for a light, strikes up a conversation and what evolves is an encounter that ends in a shocking and confronting way.

This performance is site-specific and promenade style, which means that there is no seating and audiences are required to walk and stand with the actors to various parts of the skate park. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear, as this is an outdoor performance. Audience members may bring their own deck chairs if they wish to sit throughout the performance.

Cost: Adults $17, Concession $12
Location: Bolton Park Skatepark, Bolton Street, Wagga Wagga
Contact: Robert Lewis on 0414 328 342

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