Based on an ancient tradition of breaking bread and storytelling, Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta is turning the genre on its head with a contemporary, subversive, Western Sydney twist.
This is a feast, not just of food, but also of storytelling. Don’t miss out on these tales, as our story tellers delve into universal themes of family, generational differences, love, status, money and sex.
Devised and directed by Wayne Harrison AM, taking as inspiration Hakawati, an Arabic word, translating to ‘the teller of tales’. Often subversive, always engaging, they were a form of entertainment in many Arabic communities before television arrived. Capacity is limited, as this event is catered bookings close 24 hours prior to each session if not sold out before.
Please Note: Our season for Hakawati is sold out. We hope to have a return season later this year. If you would like to receive an update on this please email firstname.lastname@example.org with Hakawati in the subject line.
“Hakawati is original, fresh and thought provoking. It is not at all what I had expected but far more. It is a performance that highlights so many contemporary issues; immigration, integration and dislocation amongst others – all issues and challenges faced by those in new lands.” Australian Stage
“Hakawati is an irresistible concept and beautifully realised: who doesn’t love good food, good wine and intriguing stories? Who doesn’t enjoy the company of fine actors? What’s not to like? Rhetorical questions because it’s one of those rare occasions when promise and delivery meet in the middle and create a unique and delightful experience.” Stage Noises
Dates & Times:
Wednesday 11th January at 7pm – PREVIEW
Thursday 12th January at 6.30pm
Friday 13th January at 6.30pm
Saturday 14th January at 1pm & 6.30pm
Sunday 15th January at 6.30pm
Tuesday 17th January at 8.30pm
Wednesday 18th January at 1pm & 8.30pm
Thursday 19 January at 8.30pm
Friday 20 January at 8.30pm
Saturday 21 January at 1pm & 8.30pm
Inclusive of meal with entrée, main, coffee and baklava (See ‘Menu’ tab for full details)
50 metres down the road from Riverside Theatres at El-Phoenician Restaurant, 328 Church Street, Parramatta.
Course 1 – (Mezza) Yoghurt & chick pea dips & fresh/fried breads (will be on table on arrival) Course 2 – (Hot Entrée) Falafel and lamb pastry (vegetarian option replaces lamb pastry with spinach & cheese pastry) Course 3 – (Main Meal) Chicken skewers and potato coriander (vegetarian option includes green beans and potato coriander) Course 4 – (Dessert) Traditional Lebanese coffee and baklava Note: There is no pork on the above menu and El-Phoenician do supply halal meats.
Director Wayne Harrison
Designer Martin Kinnane
Production Manager Damion Holling
Stage Manager Amy Morcom
Assistant Stage Manager Johanna Puglisi
Cast Olivia Rose, Dorje Michael Swallow, Sandy Gore, Sal Sharah
Adagio Performers Michael Stone, Emma Macpherson
Executive Producer Joanne Kee
Company Coordinator Clare Spillman