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Alex Buzo’s Norm and Ahmed

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by Janelle (subscribe)
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Beware the devil within

Theatre, review, Parramatta, drama, humour, racism, social commentary
A tale of two men (Fixed Foot Productions)

In November 2021, Alex Buzo's Norm and Ahmed is being performed at The Riverside Theatres Parramatta fifty-three years since it was first produced. Unfortunately, the themes of underlying racism in Australian society and the caricature of the bigoted uneducated older white guy are all too familiar and many of the audience would have encountered such characters. It is a powerful piece of theatre that will quite possibly leave you feeling disturbed about and disappointed in humankind.

Theatre, review, drama, racism, social commentary, Parramatta, set design, performing arts
A simple but effective set (image JW)

The two-player drama lasts for about 50 minutes and is filled with menace. Laurence Coy as the belligerent racist Norm and Rajan Velu as the quietly spoken and well-educated Ahmed were very well cast. Their strong performances were believable and complemented by the gritty set design of a late-night city bus stop.

Theatre, play, drama, performing arts, Parramatta, social commentary, dark
I'll tell you what is good for you! (Fixed Foot Productions)

As the to and fro of the dialogue develops, the characters seem to reach an understanding and the audience is lulled into a false sense of security. This is shattered by the shock of the violent final moments.

Alex Buzo's Norm and Ahmed tells a story that is important and unfortunately as relevant today as it was when written in 1968.
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Why? To be entertained and challenged
When: Monday 15 November 2021 at 7:30pm Tuesday 16 November 2021 at 7:30pm Wednesday 17 November 2021 at 7:30pm – Fundraising Performance* Thursday 18 November 2021 at 7:30pm Friday 19 November 2021 at 7:30pm Saturday 20 November 2021 at 7:30pm – Special F
Phone: Box office 02 8839 3399
Where: Lennox Theatre, Corner Church and Market Streets Parramatta NSW
Cost: Adult $28.20, Concession $23.20
Your Comment
Isn't it sad how racism hasn't changed? This play sounds like it sends a powerful message.
by Maria-MPG Narratives (score: 2|915) 17 days ago
by Vanessa on 08/11/2021
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