Since Ali Died

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Sydney Festival

Since Ali Died

Venue Raffertys Theatre
Dates 22 January - 25 January 2019
Category Live Event

Griffin Theatre Company
in association with Riverside Theatres and Sydney Festival presents


Written and performed by Omar Musa

Since Ali Died is a triumphant, riveting suite of politically-charged and deeply personal storytelling, rap and song, inspired by the passing of his personal hero, boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

★★★★ “[Musa’s] ease with himself and his material makes him magnetic…the show unfurls like the river imagery in Musa’s evocative script: borne on a central, unstoppable current, fluid and fluent in a style of its own making.” Time Out

Since Ali Died was first produced by Griffin Theatre Company, 11-14 April 2018 at the SBW Stables Theatre as part of Batch Festival.

Dates & Times
Tuesday 22 January at 8:45pm
Wednesday 23 January at 8:45pm
Thursday 24 January at 8:45pm
Friday 25 January at 8:45pm

Please note performance contains coarse language and loud noises

“…the show unfurls like the river imagery in Musa’s evocative script: borne on a central, unstoppable current, fluid and fluent in a style of its own making.” ★★★★ Cassie Tongue, Time Out

“… the gentle force of his personality and the dazzling quicksilver of his poetry makes for riveting theatre.” ★★★★ Jason Blake, Audrey Journal

“In white shirt and black jeans and without props, Musa is a captivating story-teller, a large warm presence whose sonorous voice invites you to pay attention as he circles nimbly between anger, tenderness, humour.” Joyce Morgan, Sydney Morning Herald

“As performer, Musa is charisma personified. We are won over effortlessly, by a stage presence naturally confident yet vulnerable, one that showcases an honesty that many will find utterly disarming…Melancholic and incredibly moving, Since Ali Died is a timely meditation on contemporary Australian life, an undeniable summation of all our unique challenges, whether spiritual, social or political.” Suzy Wrong, SuzyGoesSee

“The writing is stunning: clever, sharp, poetic and free-flowing. The issues [Musa] addresses are dark and knotty, yet laced with humour and poignancy, while Musa himself has huge, laid-back charisma.” ★★★★ Jo Litson, Limelight Magazine

“[Musa’s] exhilarating command of language, rhythm, rhyme and metaphor is impressive. A lot of his material is political and, in Anthea Williams’s fine production, he plays it with energy and a direct audience address that is involving. He is a performer who does quite subversive material with seductive charm.” John McCallum, The Australian

“Musa is, like his idol, a beautiful man: big, light on his feet, full of moves, mischief and humour, ferocity and love. Directed with a sure, choreographic hand by Anthea Williams, he raps, he sings, he skewers his audience with spears of uncomfortable truth in between the honey of gentle humour and lemon-tart satire.” ★★★★ Diana Simmonds, StageNoise

“…a thoroughly vibrant work from an energetic and skilled wordsmith. ” Judith Greenaway, Sydney Arts Guide

“…intimate and illuminating.” Jade Kops, Broadway World


Since Ali Died

A livewire, hypnotic and totally unmissable hour of theatre with rapper, poet and award-winning author Omar Musa.

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Ticket Prices

Riverside Members $31
30 Club $30
Non-Members $35

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