Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta presents
Written by James Elazzi
Directed by Dino Dimitriadis
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?
FYI this production contains coarse language and smoke haze
Insight Event – Night with the Playwright, Director and Cast
Post-show Tuesday 14 January
James Elazzi, Dino Dimitriadis, Antony Makhlouf take to the stage to take part in a casual Q&A session, hosted by Patrick Abboud.
Insight Event – Night with the Actors
Post-show Saturday 18 January
Designed to give you further insight into the play, the audience stay in their seats after the performance and the cast return to the stage to take part in a casual Q&A session. Audience members are welcome to quiz the cast about their experience of making and working on the show. Tickets to the performance include Night with the Actors are an audience favourite and always sell fast.
Lady Tabouli was developed with the support of Green Door Theatre Company, Apocalypse Theatre, Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta and through Playwriting Australia’s National Script Workshop.
Creative Futures (Assistant Director)
★★★★ “Rush for tix – don’t dawdle.” – Diana Simmonds, Stage Noise
★★★★ “…director Dimitriadis delicately calibrates performances, pace and atmosphere as the play takes a sharp turn from joyous bedlam into dark places and revelations.” – Diana Simmonds, Stage Noise
★★★★ “Lady Tabouli is a remarkable achievement, both as play and production; and in the performances of the four actors. It’s an economically entertaining 90 minutes of acutely-observed and unflinching docu-drama.” – Diana Simmonds, Stage Noise
★★★★ “…the performances are uniformly excellent.” – Veronica Hannon, Theatre Now
★★★★ “This show is a joy to behold. I recommend it unreservedly.” – Veronica Hannon, Theatre Now
“Elazzi’s writing is powerful and passionate. Its incisive honesty provides an urgency that grips us, having us invested in the family’s story, regardless of where we stand in relation to its arguments.” – Suzy Wrong, Suzy Goes See
“There is a depth to the way its characters and narrative are presented that absolutely captivates, alongside a sorrow that sings with disarming authenticity, of rejection and of loss.” – Suzy Wrong, Suzy Goes See
“Actor Antony Makhlouf is a compelling Danny, accurate in his portrayal of frustrated despondency, for a young man caught between two worlds.” – Suzy Wrong, Suzy Goes See
“Dino Dimitriadis directs this production with the compassion and imagination for which he is highly respected across the Sydney theatre scene.” – Carol Wimmer, Stage Whispers
“Elazzi’s portrait is warmly funny and seems very much grounded in reality. Lady Tabouli has a fly-on-the-wall quality to it that draws you into a complex dilemma in which faith, traditional notions of masculinity and social standing within a tight-knit community all play a part.” – Jason Blake, Audrey Journal
“Lady Tabouli confirms Elazzi as a playwright of considerable promise.” – Jason Blake, Audrey Journal
“…director Dino Dimitriadis brings all the elements together so that we understand this particular family and conflict … and of course the ‘truth’ of this Lebanese/ Christian family drama has resonances for all cultures everywhere.” – Maggie Mason, Arts and Tarts