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y Norm and Ahmed single work   drama   - One act
Issue Details: First known date: 1968 1968
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

'A rather ocker, white Australian male encounters a well-mannered Pakistani student with revolutionary ambitions in a Sydney park at midnight. Buzo creates an image of race prejudice as a profoundly irrational force in the behaviour of ordinary Australians.' (Publication summary)

Notes

  • Norm and Ahmed was 're-invented' for Alana Valentine's 2009 play 'Shafana and Aunt Sarrinah'. The two plays were performed at the Seymour Centre, Sydney, 5-29 August 2009.

Production Details

  • First produced at the Old Tote Theatre by the Old Tote Theatre Co., Sydney, 9 April 1968. Director: Jim Sharman. Dedicated to Merelyn.
  • Also produced during 1969 at La Mama Theatre, Melbourne and Twelfth Night Theatre, Brisbane.The actors who played Norm in the Melbourne and Brisbane seasons were arrested and tried for obscenity. A record of proceedings in the Supreme Court of Queensland, 1969, is held at the Fryer Library, University of Queensland.
  • Broadcast on ABC Radio National on Sunday 16 January 2011 as part of the Playing the 20th Century series.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Notes:
Film adaptation made 1988. Sound recording also available.

Works about this Work

We Got Naked for Progress Graeme Blundell , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 31 May - 1 June 2014; (p. 17)
The Athens of the South Alison Broinowski , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Adelaide : A Literary City 2014; (p. 147-161)
A Father's Legacy Takes Centre Stage Natalie Muller , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 21 February 2011; (p. 15)
Natalie Muller reports on Emma Buzo's appointment to The Amidale School where Buzo is teaching her father's play Norm and Ahmed to year twelve students.
Holding a Mirror to an Australian Classic Louise Schwartzkoff , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 4 August 2009; (p. 12)
When the Vice Squad Had the Best Seats in the House Graeme Blundell , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 27 July 2009; (p. 30)
Racial Tensions Still Resonate Bree Fuller , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Illawarra Mercury , 12 November 2009; (p. 30)
Dennis Koks talks about the reasons for staging Alex Buzo's 40 year old play.
Ripped from Headlines, but Play Still Shocks Jason Blake , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12 August 2009; (p. 14)

— Review of Norm and Ahmed Alex Buzo 1968 single work drama ; Shafana and Aunt Sarrinah : Soft Revolution Alana Valentine 2009 single work drama
Veil Tale Paired with An Old Gem John McCallum , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 11 August 2009; (p. 8)

— Review of Norm and Ahmed Alex Buzo 1968 single work drama ; Shafana and Aunt Sarrinah : Soft Revolution Alana Valentine 2009 single work drama
Triumph of a Censor's Target Graeme Blundell , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 27 July 2009; (p. 30)

— Review of Norm and Ahmed Alex Buzo 1968 single work drama
Untitled Nicholas Pickard , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 16 August 2009; (p. 18)

— Review of Norm and Ahmed Alex Buzo 1968 single work drama ; Shafana and Aunt Sarrinah : Soft Revolution Alana Valentine 2009 single work drama
A Stage to Laud Buzo Frank McKone , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 24 February 2007; (p. 22)
A special celebration to honour the life and work of Alex Buzo was held on Sunday 18th February 2007.
Heavenly Intervention Fails to Swamp Classic John McCallum , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 15 October 2007; (p. 12)

— Review of Norm and Ahmed Alex Buzo 1968 single work drama
Potent after Decades and Downpour Stephen Dunne , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 16 October 2007; (p. 14)

— Review of Norm and Ahmed Alex Buzo 1968 single work drama
Memoirs of an Unswonian Alex Buzo , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: Quadrant , April vol. 50 no. 4 2006; (p. 51-53)
Wary Asians on a Theme : Dramatising in the Near North Alex Buzo , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , November vol. 48 no. 11 2004; (p. 62-65)
Two Plays, One Nation Donald Pulford , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 61 no. 3 2002; (p. 121-127)
Obscene and Not Heard Alex Buzo , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 24 July 1999; (p. 4)
Re-Orienting Australasian Drama: Staging Theatrical Irony Joanne Tompkins , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Ariel , October vol. 25 no. 4 1994; (p. 117-133)
"Middle Class Dissenter": An Interview with Alexander Buzo Ron Verburgt (interviewer), 1993 single work criticism interview
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , April no. 22 1993; (p. 33-52)
Old Australia Meets New John McCallum , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 8 January 1991; (p. 11)

— Review of Australia Felix : A Comedy in One Scene Louis Esson 1926 single work drama ; Norm and Ahmed Alex Buzo 1968 single work drama
Heavenly Intervention Fails to Swamp Classic John McCallum , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 15 October 2007; (p. 12)

— Review of Norm and Ahmed Alex Buzo 1968 single work drama
Potent after Decades and Downpour Stephen Dunne , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 16 October 2007; (p. 14)

— Review of Norm and Ahmed Alex Buzo 1968 single work drama
Ripped from Headlines, but Play Still Shocks Jason Blake , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12 August 2009; (p. 14)

— Review of Norm and Ahmed Alex Buzo 1968 single work drama ; Shafana and Aunt Sarrinah : Soft Revolution Alana Valentine 2009 single work drama
Veil Tale Paired with An Old Gem John McCallum , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 11 August 2009; (p. 8)

— Review of Norm and Ahmed Alex Buzo 1968 single work drama ; Shafana and Aunt Sarrinah : Soft Revolution Alana Valentine 2009 single work drama
Triumph of a Censor's Target Graeme Blundell , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 27 July 2009; (p. 30)

— Review of Norm and Ahmed Alex Buzo 1968 single work drama
Untitled Nicholas Pickard , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 16 August 2009; (p. 18)

— Review of Norm and Ahmed Alex Buzo 1968 single work drama ; Shafana and Aunt Sarrinah : Soft Revolution Alana Valentine 2009 single work drama
Old Australia Meets New John McCallum , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 8 January 1991; (p. 11)

— Review of Australia Felix : A Comedy in One Scene Louis Esson 1926 single work drama ; Norm and Ahmed Alex Buzo 1968 single work drama
Endurance and Caustic Comment H. G. Kippax , 1968 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 11 April 1968; (p. 13) A Leader of His Craft : Theatre Reviews by H. G. Kippax 2004; (p. 157-158)

— Review of Norm and Ahmed Alex Buzo 1968 single work drama ; The Fire on the Snow Douglas Stewart 1941 single work radio play
Untitled D. O'Brien , 1968 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 4 May vol. 90 no. 4600 1968; (p. 67)

— Review of Norm and Ahmed Alex Buzo 1968 single work drama
Untitled Keith Thomas , 1968 single work review
— Appears in: Nation , 27 April 1968; (p. 17)

— Review of Norm and Ahmed Alex Buzo 1968 single work drama
Untitled V.M.G. , 1968 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 7 April 1968; (p. 24)

— Review of Norm and Ahmed Alex Buzo 1968 single work drama
Untitled 1969 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 3 July 1969; (p. 24)

— Review of Norm and Ahmed Alex Buzo 1968 single work drama
Untitled 1969 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 19 November 1969; (p. 20)

— Review of Norm and Ahmed Alex Buzo 1968 single work drama
Untitled Katharine Brisbane , 1969 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 28 November 1969; (p. 20)

— Review of Norm and Ahmed Alex Buzo 1968 single work drama
Untitled D. Darlington , 1969 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 19 November 1969; (p. 20)

— Review of Norm and Ahmed Alex Buzo 1968 single work drama
Untitled P. Tennison , 1969 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 2 July 1969; (p. 8)

— Review of Norm and Ahmed Alex Buzo 1968 single work drama
No Worries - Norm and Ahmed S. Spunner , 1977 single work review
— Appears in: Theatre Australia , March - April vol. 1 no. 8 1977; (p. 8)

— Review of Norm and Ahmed Alex Buzo 1968 single work drama ; No Worries Cliff Ellen 1976 single work drama
Untitled H. Hewitt , 1978 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 16 May 1978; (p. 22)

— Review of Norm and Ahmed Alex Buzo 1968 single work drama
Untitled B. Courcier , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 19 April 1980; (p. 21)

— Review of Norm and Ahmed Alex Buzo 1968 single work drama
Untitled B. O'Connor , 1981 single work review
— Appears in: Theatre Australia , vol. 6 no. 1 1981; (p. 27)

— Review of Norm and Ahmed Alex Buzo 1968 single work drama
Wary Asians on a Theme : Dramatising in the Near North Alex Buzo , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , November vol. 48 no. 11 2004; (p. 62-65)
Memoirs of an Unswonian Alex Buzo , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: Quadrant , April vol. 50 no. 4 2006; (p. 51-53)
A Stage to Laud Buzo Frank McKone , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 24 February 2007; (p. 22)
A special celebration to honour the life and work of Alex Buzo was held on Sunday 18th February 2007.
Holding a Mirror to an Australian Classic Louise Schwartzkoff , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 4 August 2009; (p. 12)
When the Vice Squad Had the Best Seats in the House Graeme Blundell , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 27 July 2009; (p. 30)
Racial Tensions Still Resonate Bree Fuller , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Illawarra Mercury , 12 November 2009; (p. 30)
Dennis Koks talks about the reasons for staging Alex Buzo's 40 year old play.
A Father's Legacy Takes Centre Stage Natalie Muller , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 21 February 2011; (p. 15)
Natalie Muller reports on Emma Buzo's appointment to The Amidale School where Buzo is teaching her father's play Norm and Ahmed to year twelve students.
Australian Drama in the Seventies: Vulgarity or a Vulgate? Peter Pierce , 1980 single work criticism
— Appears in: Current Affairs Bulletin , February vol. 56 no. 9 1980; (p. 4-15)
Drama Terry Sturm , 1981 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Oxford History of Australian Literature 1981; (p. 175-267)
Asian Stereotypes in Recent Australian Plays Peter Fitzpatrick , 1985 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 12 no. 1 1985; (p. 35-46)
Re-Orienting Australasian Drama: Staging Theatrical Irony Joanne Tompkins , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Ariel , October vol. 25 no. 4 1994; (p. 117-133)
"Middle Class Dissenter": An Interview with Alexander Buzo Ron Verburgt (interviewer), 1993 single work criticism interview
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , April no. 22 1993; (p. 33-52)
No Rich Rewards 1968 single work column
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 10 February vol. 89 no. 4588 1968; (p. 64)
My Survival as an Indigene Alex Buzo , 1985 single work criticism biography humour
— Appears in: Southerly , December vol. 45 no. 4 1985; (p. 27-34)
y The Young Person's Guide to the Theatre and Almost Everything Else Alex Buzo , Ringwood : Penguin , 1988 Z292373 1988 single work criticism
y Alexander Buzo's Rooted/Norm and Ahmed : A Critical Introduction Terry Sturm , Sydney : Currency Press , 1980 Z337206 1980 single work
Judgment: Norm and Ahmed / Stable J. Geoffrey Dutton , Max Harris , 1970 single work
— Appears in: Australia's Censorship Crisis 1970; (p. 217-224)
Aggressive Vernacular : Williamson, Buzo and The Australian Tradition Roslyn Arnold , 1975 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , December vol. 35 no. 4 1975; (p. 385-396) Contemporary Australian Drama : Perspectives Since 1955 1981; (p. 225-237)
Obscene and Not Heard Alex Buzo , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 24 July 1999; (p. 4)
Rules For Young Players [Extract from The Young Person's Guide to the Theatre and Almost Anything Else] Alex Buzo , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 13 August 1988; (p. 73)

Awards

2009 nominated Sydney Theatre Awards Best Independent Production Nominated for the 2009 Alex Buzo Company joint production with Shafana and Aunt Sarrinah.
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  • Sydney, New South Wales,
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