'Twenty-one years ago playwrights Andrew Bovell, Christos Tsiolkas, Melissa Reeves, Patricia Cornelius and Irine Vela came together to create Who’s Afraid of the Working Class?, a series of powerful interwoven vignettes that captured the zeitgeist of Melbourne and Australia in the 1990s. Now the same team reunite to take the pulse of our nation today, with director Susie Dee and an extraordinary ensemble of performers.
'What emerges is a funny and ferocious portrait of a country unable to reconcile its past, uncertain of its future and political vision. The colliding voices that make up this anthem might not always be in harmony, but they cannot be silenced.
'Who’s Afraid of the Working Class? was an ode to tiny struggles writ large; Anthem turns up the volume on the everyday injustices we choose not to hear.'
Source: Publisher's blurb.
Presented by Arts Centre Melbourne and Melbourne International Arts Festival at the Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne, 1 - 6 October 2019.
Director: Susie Dee.
Designer: Marg Horwell.
Lighting Designer: Paul Jackson.
Music Director and Sound Designer: Irine Vela.
Movement Consultant: Natalie Cursio.
Assistant Director: Sapidah Kian.
Aboriginal Cultural Dramaturg: Bryan Andy.
Cast: Maude Davey, Reef Ireland, Ruthy Kaisila, Thuso Lekwape, Amanda Ma, Maria Mercedes, Tony Nikolakopoulos, Eryn Jean Norvill, Sahil Saluja, Osamah Sami, Eva Seymour, Carly Sheppard, Jenny M. Thomas, and Dan Witton.