12 June 2009

Alex Buzo Company double bill

In The Alex Buzo Company I introduced the company founded by the notable Australian playwright’s daughter Emma to produce, promote and perpetuate his work.

From 5-29 August 2009 the company will be presenting a double bill, directed by Arne Neeme, of Alex’s 1968 classic Norm and Ahmed with a contemporary reworking by award-winning playwright Alana Valentine of its classic themes of cultural and generational conflict. Valentine’s play, Shafana and Aunt Sarrina, presents two highly articulate, educated and deeply spiritual Afghan Muslim women in Australia, reacting to the stereotypical media portrait of them as oppressed, meek and silent. It has been well researched, being thoroughly grounded in personal interviews with a large number of Muslim women from a variety of cultures.

The University of Sydney’s Department of Performance Studies has chosen this production to be its “Major Project” for 2009; students will be able to study at first hand a professional theatre company creating a new work.

During the season Alana Valentine will give the Alex Buzo Memorial Lecture at the Seymour Centre on 10 August.

Visit the Classic and Contemporary page on the Alex Buzo Company’s website for further details about the plays and the Alex Buzo Memorial Lecture, for booking links and for an opportunity to make tax deductible donations to the company through the Australian Business Arts Foundation.

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