TRUE WEST 2021
Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta in association with Sydney Festival presents TRUE WEST
True West is a celebration of talent where fresh and vibrant voices are adding their stories to our cultural landscape. Play readings of works in progress, a Creative Compass talk and a solo physical theatre workshop by UK based, Western Sydney artist Matthew Wells.
READING OF MYTHS AND LEGENDS
By Jeneffa Soldatic, Nicholas Brown, Chika Ikogwe
Directed by Jeneffa Soldatic
12pm – 1pm
When High School frenemies Adaeze, Marčela and Lakshmana are forced to “volunteer” at Lost in Books in Fairfield, they have no idea that their punishment is about to transport them into a magical world of myths and legends from their respective cultures. Discover with them the magic held in myths from Croatia, India and Nigeria.
READING OF CAPTAIN
By Shiyan Zheng
Directed by Bali Padda
2pm – 3pm
Set over two decades, CAPTAIN explores the aftermath of one tragic moment. What happens when an aspiring high school captain frames the school bullies for murder in order to stamp out bullying forever? The consequences are direr than could have been predicated.
PANEL – CREATIVE COMPASS POINTING TRUE WEST
4pm – 5pm
Panel discussion on the creativity, dynamism and inclusivity of Western Sydney artists with playwrights and directors including Jennefa Soldatic. Hosted by Joanne Kee, Executive Producer of Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta.
SOLO PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE ONLINE WORKSHOP
Pricing $35 and $25 concession
Saturday 16 January (from 9:30am)
A 3-hour, online workshop, by Rhum and Clay who take you on a step by step journey towards developing a dynamic and cinematic solo performance style. Drawing on their training at Ecole Jacques Lecoq and the methodology employed in The Stage Award-winning Mistero Buffo, expect to learn techniques which will allow you to embody multiple characters, change physical space in the blink of an eye and cultivate a rich and diverse theatrical world using just your body.
This workshop is ideal for anyone with an interest in solo performance, from experienced actors to students to those just starting out in the industry.
Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta and Sydney Festival presents
By James Elazzi
Directed by Paige Rattray
Fast approaching 31, Fatima is feeling the pressure from her bakery owning family to get married and have children. Her boyfriend, Karim, wants their relationship to remain secret. His high-flying, lawyer parents definitely wouldn’t approve of the match. In an effort to prove to Karim and his family she is worthy of his love, Fatima comes up with a plan to win Queen Lebanon Australia. Moonia, the pageant organiser, accepts Fatima because this year she wants a ‘diverse group of girls’ and Fatima is unlike anything the competition has seen before.
With the help of her 74 year-old best friend Gada and her coffee cup readings, Fatima goes through a transformation that not even she expected.
A world premiere season at Riverside, Queen Fatima is a heart-warming new comedy that flips stereotypes, revealing the paradigm shifting potential of ‘diversity quotas’,
Queen Fatima was developed through Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta, with support from the Australia Council’s Resilience Fund and Sydney Theatre Company’s Rough Draft program