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Issue Details: First known date: 2004... 2004 Through the Wire
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Through the Wire tells true stories of asylum seekers in Australia, including that of Shahin Shafaei, who played himself in the January 2004 production.

Production Details

  • This verbatim theatre project was a workshop presentation as part of the Sydney Festival at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, 22 -25 January 2004. The show was picked up by the production company "Performing Lines" and premiered at the Sydney Opera House in October 2004. Staged in Melbourne at the Grant Theatre, Southbank, 11-28 May 2005. Directed by Ros Horin.

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Works about this Work

The Life In Them Words Ben Brooker , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , November 2016;
To Witness Mimesis : The Politics Ethics and Aesthetics of Testimonial Theatre in Through the Wire Caroline Wake , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Modern Drama , Spring vol. 56 no. 1 2013; (p. 102-125)
'This paper examines an Australian 'verbatim play' about asylum seekers, Through the Wire, in order to consider the relationship between realism and witnessing in the theatre. It argues that verbatim or testimonial theatre is better understood as a form of realism than as a form of documentary theatre, as is usually the case. Current scholarship in both theatre and trauma studies criticizes realist approaches principally on ethical grounds, without necessarily accounting for a play's political effects. Through an analysis of Through the Wire's production and reception, I suggest that, while testimonial theatre may be ethically problematic, it can also be politically efficacious, precisely because of its realist aesthetics.' (Author's abstract)
Batagine Michelle Kotevski , 2013 single work essay
— Appears in: Griffith Review , April no. 40 2013;
Sustaining Language/Existing Threats : Resistance and Rhetoric in Australian Refugee Discourses: A Response to Linnell Secomb Susanne Gannon , Sue Saltmarsh , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Judith Butler in Conversation : Analyzing the Texts and Talk of Everyday Life 2008; (p. 163-186)
Refugee Stories Full of Drama Danny Gocs , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Jewish News , 6 May vol. 71 no. 33 2005; (p. 19)

— Review of Through the Wire Ros Horin , 2004 single work drama
Hard Times Behind the Barrier of Bureaucracy Stephen Dunne , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 24-25 January 2004; (p. 19)

— Review of Through the Wire Ros Horin , 2004 single work drama
Brutalisation For the Sake of Our Nation John McCallum , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 26 January 2004; (p. 15)

— Review of Through the Wire Ros Horin , 2004 single work drama
Words from the Heart Jacqui Gal , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Jewish News , 22 October vol. 71 no. 6 2004;

— Review of Through the Wire Ros Horin , 2004 single work drama
Brutal Look at Reality Alanna Maclean , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 31 March 2005; (p. 9)

— Review of Through the Wire Ros Horin , 2004 single work drama
Refugee Stories Full of Drama Danny Gocs , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Jewish News , 6 May vol. 71 no. 33 2005; (p. 19)

— Review of Through the Wire Ros Horin , 2004 single work drama
Staging a Rebuke of Refugee Policy Jeremy Eccles , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 24 March 2005; (p. 10)
Moving Compelling Lump in the Throat Stuff Irma Gold , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Artlook , March no. 9 2005; (p. 20-21)
Sustaining Language/Existing Threats : Resistance and Rhetoric in Australian Refugee Discourses: A Response to Linnell Secomb Susanne Gannon , Sue Saltmarsh , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Judith Butler in Conversation : Analyzing the Texts and Talk of Everyday Life 2008; (p. 163-186)
A Playwright behind the Wire Joyce Morgan , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 15 January 2004;
Batagine Michelle Kotevski , 2013 single work essay
— Appears in: Griffith Review , April no. 40 2013;
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