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National Theatre of Parramatta Announces their 2017 season


Riverside Theatres resident theatre company, National Theatre of Parramatta (NTofP) has announced a stellar 2017 season to follow on from a strong first year.

Having burst on to the Australian theatre scene in November 2015, NTofP aims to present outstanding productions that reflect the diversity of Australian culture and resonates with the people of Western Sydney, champion artistic and professional development, and contribute to the growth of the fastest growing region in Australia.

In 2017, NTofP will present four incredible productions Hakawati, Smurf in Wanderland, The Incredible Here and Now, and The Red Tree.


HAKAWATI – 11th to 21st January 2017

Inspired by the Arabic ancient tradition of story-telling and breaking bread, Hakawati will celebrate food, music and the telling of tales in an intimate setting at Parramatta’s El-Phoenician restaurant. In this world-premiere, audiences will be immersed in tales of heroism, tragedy and comedy, all derived from myth with contemporary twists. These meaningful Western Sydney stories will be presented alongside a delicious Lebanese feast and traditional Arabic music.

Hakawati has been co-devised by NTofP directorate members, Wayne Harrison AM and Paula Abood, and will be presented as part of the 2017 Sydney Festival.

SMURF IN WANDERLAND – 20th to 29th April 2017

Smurf in Wanderland is one man’s insightful and hilarious examination of football, tribalism, belonging and identity. 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. Wearing 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,

Williams found a beautiful and profound unity amongst the ritual and fierce loyalty of the Wanderers fans.

Directed by Lee Lewis and co-produced with Griffin Theatre Company, Smurf in Wanderland 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.

THE INCREDIBLE HERE AND NOW – 9th to 22nd July 2017

Commissioned from Parramatta author and Prime Minister’s Literature Award winner, Felicity Castagna, The Incredible Here and Now is based on the multi-award winning novel of the same name and explores filling emptiness with growth.

Michael is living in the shadow of his older brother Dom. The biggest guy in the school. Best car in the West. The guy who just can’t help but grab everyone’s attention. When he is gone, Michael roams the streets, navigating life, friendship, love and family.

As the title suggests, this is a tale of wonder, not tragedy. It tells of Michael coming of age in a year which brings him grief and romance; and of the place he lives in Western Sydney where ‘those who don’t know any better, drive through the neighbourhood and lock their car doors – and those who do, flourish in its mix of cultures.’

THE RED TREE – 19th to 28th October 2017

Directed by Neil Gooding, The Red Tree is based on Shaun Tan’s award-winning picture book and has been adapted by renowned Australian playwright, Hilary Bell.

The heroine, a young girl, journeys through many dark moments, yet ultimately there is hope at the end of her journey. It is inspired by the impulse of children and adults alike to describe feelings using metaphor – monsters, storms, sunshine, rainbows and so on.

The Red Tree visits expressive possibilities of shared imagination. These can be strange and familiar, our imaginations or our realities.

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