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Norm and Ahmed – 50th Anniversary Performance

When:

Fri 23 Nov 2018, 11:00am–12:30pm

Where: Pioneer Theatre, Pennant St & Castle St, Castle Hill, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Concession: $35.00
  • Concession: $25.00
  • Groups - 10 or More: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: produceryjm

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 (Craig Meneaud) 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 1960’s classic, ‘Norm and Ahmed’.

50 years since it’s 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 Craig Meneaud, 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, Meneaud’s 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.