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A road trip comedy 80,000 years in the making
This light-hearted and heartfelt production is a tribute to a much-loved dad. Which Way Home, written by and starring Katie Beckett and directed by Rachael Mazam is a road trip comedy 80,000 years in the making. It is a story of an Aboriginal girl, her much loved ageing father and their road trip to his birthplace. It is his return journey home, to the country, where the sky is higher and the world goes on forever.

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It is a long way from the wide streets and big old houses of Tash's childhood. Two black faces in a very white suburb. Dad still thinks he is the king of cool, but he is an old fella now. It is time for Tash to take him home.

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Tash (Katie Beckett) and her Dad (Kamahi Djordan King) journey from Yuggerah country Ipswich to Muriwarri Country Goodooga, and their journey teaches them things about each other as well as experiencing moments of hilarity and annoyance.

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The play takes us into the past with flashbacks as Tash recalls moments of the past with her father, where moments of different emotions are shared with the audience before going back to the present scenes.

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Which Way Home is perfectly pitched between humour and poignancy. It is a straightforward set-up of Tash picking up her dad for a road trip journey to Lightning Ridge, where he brought her up alone.

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They bicker and reminisce as well as listen to music as Tash explains why she has not introduced her latest boyfriend to her dad.

The play was such a delight to watch and with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments as well as sadness. There was authenticity and all throughout the dialogue, there was bite and texture, making it a perfect production to watch.

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Which Way Home draws on writer Katie Beckett's personal memories of growing up with her single Aboriginal father. "The reason I wrote Which Way Home was because I love my dad. He is a loving, wonderful, strong man" said Beckett. "I have had a lot of wonderfully strong and emotionally in tune, generous men around me growing up and I was wondering why don't I see the Aboriginal men that I grew up with represented on stage, on TV, on film?"

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ILBIJERRI Theatre Company tells stories about what it means to be Indigenous in Australia today and Which Way Home showcased moments of humour infused with heart. It was a relatable play and a must-see production!

Which Way Home is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

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Originally developed with the support of the City of Darebin, The Besen Family Foundation, the Australian Government Indigenous Languages & Arts Program and Playwriting Australia.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the Box Office.
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Why? A heartfelt & comedy Play
When: 27 July 2018- 4 August 2018
Phone: (02) 9351 7940
Where: Seymour Centre, Cnr City Rd & Cleveland St, Chippendale
Cost: Adults: $42pp & Concession: $36pp
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