Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta and Griffin Theatre Company Co-Production
By Kirsty Marillier
While her folks are back in Johannesburg, Zadie is holding the family fort in the stucco suburban sprawl of Paradise. This means keeping her little sis away from bush doofs—and smiling when her nice white neighbours try to touch her hair.
Then, in the middle of the night, someone starts pelting their house with oranges. Just once. Then twice. Then night after night after night. Maybe it’s nothing. Or maybe someone in Paradise wants them out.
A quintessential Aussie coming-of-age story, Orange Thrower provides a radically fresh perspective on a familiar genre—and does so while chucking big, splattery questions at the Australian ‘burbs. Kirsty Marillier has written a zinger of a first play, gilded with prestigious playwriting awards… And if that wasn’t impressive enough, Kirsty’s also starring as Zadie—performing her own poignant love letter to South African women. Grif-fave Zindzi Okenyo (Masquerade, Girl in Tan Boots) helms this big, juicy romp of citrus, displacement, and long-distance love.
Winner of the Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award.
Orange Thrower was developed through Griffin Studio and Sydney Theatre Company’s Rough Draft program, and received support from Green Door Theatre Company.
This performance contains smoke haze, course language, adult themes, sexual themes and depictions of drug use, racism and gun violence. Recommended for ages 15+
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Writer Kirsty Marillier
Director Zindzi Okenyo
Designer Jeremy Allen
Lighting Designer Verity Hampson
Composer & Sound Designer Benjamin Pierpoint
Dramaturg Declan Greene
Stage Manager Isabella Kerdijk
With Callan Colley, Angela Nica Sullen, Mariama Whitton