Alex Buzo’s <br/>‘Norm & Ahmed’

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Alex Buzo’s
‘Norm & Ahmed’

Venue Lennox Theatre
Dates 15 November - 20 November 2021
Category Live Event

Australian Theatre Live

You’re walking home around midnight. It’s dark and the streets are deserted. You’re in a foreign country and your senses are on high alert. Suddenly, from nowhere, a stranger lurches from the shadows. “Got a light?”

Do you stop?

This is the situation that young Pakistani student Ahmed (Rajan Velu) finds himself in when confronted by the unpredictable and ambiguous ‘great white’ Norm (Laurence Coy), in this performance of Alex Buzo’s sharp, entertaining and satirical 1960’s classic, Norm and Ahmed.

Fifty-three years since its premiere in Melbourne, Alex Buzo’s tense two hander remains alarmingly relevant, confronting issues of racism, xenophobia, female politics, cultural difference and assimilation. Now is the perfect time to discover, or rediscover, this iconic and pioneering piece of Australian theatre.

This project has been made possible with the assistance of Create NSW and the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative.

Performance Warnings
This performance contains coarse language, hate speech, violence and smoking via the uses of herbal cigarettes.

*Fundraising Performance
Australian Theatre Live will be raising money for the Actor’s Benevolent Fund, with 50% of all tickets purchased for the performance on Wednesday 17 November 2021 at 7:30pm being donated to their cause.
The world of entertainment is a precarious profession that often leaves artists and arts workers in difficult circumstances. Since 1944 the Actors Benevolent Fund has been providing a safety net for actors and entertainment professionals both past and present and of all ages, giving critical financial help at their greatest time of need.

**Special Filmed Performance
Please note that the performance on Saturday 20 November 2021 at 7:30pm is being filmed. Audience members may appear on camera, please advise our Box Office if you do not wish to be filmed.

School Groups
This show is eligible for school bookings, however we recommend that due to ongoing changes with school excursion policies and NSW Health recommendations, that you and your students book separately and independently. For further clarification please email or call 02 8839 3399.

If you are unwell, please stay at home. Please review our Patron Safety & Entry Guidelines before you visit us at Riverside.

As per the NSW Public Health Order (that is place from 11 October), Riverside Theatres will require anyone aged 16 years and over to be fully vaccinated unless lawfully exempt.

QR code check-in – all patrons and their guests must check-in upon entry.

Bring and wear a mask. Patrons aged 12 and over attending performances are required to wear a mask.

Patrons will be seated in line with NSW Public Health Order and/or Guidelines in place at the time of the performance occurs.

If you have any questions and would like to discuss this with a member of our team, please contact our Box Office staff on 02 8839 3399 or email

Thank you for keeping our community safe.



Laurence Coy as Norm
Rajan Velu as Ahmed

Creative Team

Production Director – Aarne Neeme
Associate Director – Terence Clarke
Lighting Designer – Lucia Haddad
Stage Manager & Production Manager – Emma Paterson
Producers – Grant Dodwell, Peter Hiscock & Raj Sidhu
Associate Producers – Lucy Clements & Emma Wright
Publicity – Sean Landis
Photographer – Becky Matthews


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60 minutes

Ticket Prices

Adults $28.20
Concession $23.20
Restricted View**
Saturday 20 November 2021 at 7:30pm

Transaction fees apply

Phone $4.60
Web $4.60
Counter $4.60
School Bookings $4.60