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Norm and Ahmed at the skate park

Monday, 12 Mar 2018

Charles Sturt University (CSU) academics are joining forces with a local high school student to restage the play Norm and Ahmed in performances at the skate park in Wagga Wagga this week.

First performed 50 years ago, Norm and Ahmed by celebrated Australian playwright Alex Buzo deals with issues of identity, the fear of the unknown, and Australia’s suppressed xenophobia.

CSU lecturer in acting for stage and screen Dr Dominique Sweeney and Wagga Wagga High School student Abu Kebe will perform the play from 7pm from Wednesday 14 to Saturday 17 March at the skate park in Bolton Street in Wagga Wagga.

Directing the play is Dr Robert Lewis, also a CSU lecturer in acting for screen and stage.

The play is set late one night on a deserted street where 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.

Tickets for the 60-minute play cost $17 for adults and $12 for concessions. Tickets can be booked or at the venue.

The site-specific performance is produced by Persona Collective, an ensemble of experimental theatre artists. Norm and Ahmed builds upon the company's exploration in site-specific performances such as Two Houses (Iteration: Again (2011), Patricia Cornelius’s Savages (Junction Arts Festival (2014), and Residue (2016).

Norm and Ahmed 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.

Media contact: Fiona Halloran , (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

Dr Robert Lewis is a lecturer in the acting for screen and stage program in the School of Communication and Creative Industries at CSU in Wagga Wagga. He is available for interview. Contact CSU Media.

Norm and Ahmed will be performed at 7pm from Wednesday 14 to Saturday 17 March at the skate park in Bolton Street in Wagga Wagga.

Photo by Dr Robert Lewis.

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