Sydney Festival Presents: Anthem
Five of Australia's finest writers reunite to ask if Australia really does sing with one voice.
Twenty-one years ago, four playwrights and a composer came together to create Who's Afraid of the Working Class?, a powerful, critically-acclaimed portrait of Australia in the Howard era.
Now, six prime ministers later, writers Andrew Bovell, Patricia Cornelius, Melissa Reeves, Christos Tsiolkas and Irine Vela reunite to take the national pulse and ask if the advance of Australia is truly fair.
Created with director Susie Dee and an extraordinary ensemble of performers, Anthem is a funny, unflinching and astute portrait of a country unwilling to reconcile its past and uncertain of its future and political vision.
Who's Afraid of the Working Class? amplified the voices of ordinary people so we all could hear them. Now, Anthem turns up the volume on the everyday injustices we choose to ignore; colliding voices that may not always be in harmony but cannot be silenced.
By Andrew Bovell, Patricia Cornelius, Melissa Reeves, Christos Tsiolkas and Irine Vela.
The Risky Stuff: Strong Language
Running Time: 180 minutes
Presented by Sydney Festival 2020 at Roslyn Packer Theatre
"When we talk about landmark moments in Australian playwriting, it's hard to go past Who's Afraid of the Working Class?, the blistering collaboration between four of our finest writers. With their powers combined, they are to Australian theatre what the Avengers are to superheroes" - Time Out on Who's Afraid Of The Working Class?