Shhhhh it isn’t announced yet but we wanted to give you a sneak peak into a fab new show coming up at Riverside next year, co-presented by Riverside’s Resident Company National Theatre of Parramatta and Griffin Theatre Company.
With a funny sounding title….. let us give you a few clues about this show. It isn’t about Smurfs as you might know them and it is not a kids show.
David Williams – acclaimed documentary theatre maker, writer and football fanatic – is the ‘Smurf’.
For the uninitiated, ‘Smurf’ is the nickname given to a Sydney Football Club Fan and ‘Wanderland’ is the home ground of the Western Sydney Wanderers. Williams is a long-suffering Sydney FC fan, who frequented Western Sydney Wanderers’ games on their home turf in Parramatta. Kitted out in his Sydney FC sky-blue jersey, Williams-the-Smurf stuck out like a sore thumb amongst the sea of red and black. Instead of fearing for his life he found a beautiful and profound unity amongst the ritual and fierce loyalty of the Wanderers fans.
A must see show for Wanderers and Sydney Football Club fans this is a story that breaks down the barriers of geography and debunks the myths of hooliganism at the football. It tells a tale of loyalty and unity integral and familiar to all football fans.
Accompanying the season of Smurf in Wanderland will be a photo exhibition by official Wanderers photographer Eric Berry who also works as a forensic photographer….how cool is that? Here is a link to find out more about him.
This show will also be part of the Griffin Theatre season which will be announced on the 5th September but we wanted you to know that it is coming to Riverside next April. We have partnered with Griffin Theatre to develop this work and we are really excited to share it with you.
You can now purchase tickets to Smurf In Wanderland here.