Norm and Ahmed 50th Anniversary Performance

Friday, 23 November 2018 | 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM


“a revelatory production...a fine revival of a great classic”  (John McCallum, The Australian)

“this is an incredible play.” (Australian Stage)

You’re walking home around midnight. It’s cold and dark and the streets are deserted. You’re in a foreign country and your senses are on high alert. Suddenly, from nowhere, a stranger lurches from the shadows. “Got a light?”

Do you stop?

This is the situation that young Pakistani student Ahmed (Michael Koutsoukis) finds himself in when confronted by the unpredictable and ambiguous ‘great white’ Norm (Laurence Coy) in this special 50th Anniversary performance of Alex Buzo’s sharp, entertaining and satirical 1968 classic.

50 years since its first premiere in Melbourne, Alex Buzo’s tense two hander is alarmingly still relevant, confronting issues of racism, xenophobia, cultural difference and assimilation in a country that has perhaps changed little, perhaps a lot.

Norm, a Vietnam Vet, is eager to bestow the virtues of Australia’s culture of alcohol, R.S.Ls and football on Ahmed; but his attitude makes the whole exchange seem more like a ludicrous citizenship test, which he hopes can only result in exposing Ahmed’s lack of so-called Australian values.

Laurence Coy’s Norm is a tour de force – edgy, erratic and dangerous. He’s a ticking time bomb ready to explode at the slightest provocation. He embodies the stereotypical Australian paradox: warm and welcoming one minute, hostile and dismissive the next.

Ahmed, played by Michael Koutsoukis, is the cautious outsider, reluctant to accept Norm’s friendly advances for fear of the aggressive undercurrent that lies beneath. When he discovers that Norm’s pretense for their discussion (the request for a lighter) is a ruse, his reaction is perfectly pitched. He’s in trouble now, or at least he could be, but we’re sure that his brains are an equal match for Norm’s brawn.

Now is the perfect time to discover, or rediscover, this pioneering piece of Australian theatre.

11am, Friday 23rd  Nov.

Tickets from $20

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  • Friday, 23 November 2018 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


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