9 – 18 JAN
Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta and Sydney Festival present Lady Tabouli
Unapologetic, piercing and bittersweet… we all have families and we all have secrets.
Lady Tabouli is James Elazzi‘s unflinching clash of cultures and a searing look at how expectations can eat away at us until we decide to change the rules.
It’s the day of his nephew’s baptism and Danny is godfather. Living back home with his religious Lebanese mother, he’s thrown into the maelstrom of preparations and high emotions: God forbid this christening comes second to the Boustanis’! The family can’t afford to lose face, especially with Danny recently and mysteriously calling off his engagement. But secrets will out, and amidst the sugared almonds and balloon deliveries, Danny discovers the true colours of those to whom he’s closest. Where do you turn when the people you love refuse to accept the truth?
THE SORRY MUM PROJECT
by Pippa Ellams
A witty observation on life, empathy, regret and reconciliation that takes us on a journey from the Fairfield RSL to the Moulin Rouge.
Pippa comes from a showbiz family. Her father was a cabaret star and her mother, Barbara, was a showgirl. But Pippa, like so many of us, loses sight of the person that is her Mum. This show goes to redress the balance, with an apology to her Mum and everyone’s Mum, who often becomes invisible once children arrive.
If you’re a Mum or daughter, or somebody’s child, this work will resonate.
LET ME KNOW WHEN YOU GET HOME – World Premiere
by Miranda Aguilar
Val, a Filipina teenager, is desperate to escape the purgatory period between high school and university so she can finally be seen as an adult. She makes a break from her religious, overbearing mother and childhood best friend, then sets out to the city in search of the queer community she lacks back home in Fairfield. When she joins a Mardi Gras parade group and meets Prince, an enigmatic, older artist, Val is sure she has finally found her utopia – even if it means leaving her best friend, Thi, behind. But where do you turn when it turns out no place fits?
17 – 26 SEPTEMBER
ZOMBIE THOUGHTS is the story of two best friends Sam and Pig, avatars in an epic fantasy video game where all of Sam’s deepest darkest fears come to life. Sam has +5 intelligence, anxiety, and is armed with a book. Pig has +3 humour, is often distracted, and armed with a rubber chicken. Zombie thoughts is a live action, interactive video game. A touching and hilarious journey in, around and through anxiety. And there’s no one way to play!
THE THINGS I COULD NEVER TELL STEVEN
5 – 14 NOVEMBER
This delightful music comedy sees four characters sharing intimate details about their life with Steven, what they want to tell him. A picture of Steven emerges from their longings to be with him. But Steven has his own secrets …
There’s something charismatic and enigmatic about Steven. From his mother, to his wife, father and friend, they all desperately seek his approval, want his company, want to the one in his life, yet he remains elusive.