702 ABC Sydney - a cliff hanging interview with cast and producer
presented the western Sydney premiere of its acclaimed production of
NORM AND AHMED by Alex Buzo
“A revelatory production...a fine revival of a great classic” The Australian
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Director: Aarne Neeme | Designer: Deirdre Burges | Lighting: Tony Youlden | Producer: Emma Buzo
Cast: Laurence Coy and Craig Meneaud
June 8-11 2010, Raffertys Theatre, Riverside Theatres, Parramatta
Producer Emma Buzo together with Laurence Coy and Craig Meneaud had a blast with Deb Cameron on 702 ABC Sydney on June 3rd in preparation for the next chapter in the illustrious career of ‘Norm and Ahmed’. Listen to the interview featuring a live excerpt of the play.
Never underestimate the power of difference is the powerful premise behind this watershed Australian play about cultural and generational tension. This critically acclaimed production refreshes Buzo’s sharp, witty, tension-fuelled dialogue between a young, articulate Pakistani uni student and a middle aged Aussie bloke for a contemporary audience. Norm and Ahmed’s sensational 1968 premiere quite literally put Australian theatre on the front page for the first time and the infamous nation-wide censorship battle that ensued is a far cry from its brand new listing as a NSW HSC Drama text in 2010. The performance will be followed by a Q&A session specifically designed to enhance the students’ understanding of the play’s social and cultural context, plus the techniques used by Buzo and the inspiration behind the play.
This play was part of The Alex Buzo Company’s production nominated for a 2009 Sydney Theatre Award “Given the abundance of great independent theatre in Sydney in 2009, this is a huge accolade for Emma Buzo and her fledgling company 2009 to be one of only four nominees.” (ABC Radio National)