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Anthem — Performing Lines

For Melbourne International Arts Festival, a long-awaited theatre collaboration shines a light on everyday injustices.
By Hudson Brown
September 30, 2019
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By Hudson Brown
September 30, 2019
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When four playwrights and a composer came together in 1999 to create the distinctly Australian theatre production Who's Afraid of the Working Class?, they produced a cutting critique of how the poor and marginalised are thought of in Australia. Now, two decades later, they've returned with Anthem, a follow-up show that questions whether Australians share the same dream and if we really sing with one voice.

Exploring the social and political struggles facing Australia in 2019, provocative vignettes depict various characters from across society, resulting in poignant and occasionally humorous stories that allude to an uncertain future.

Reuniting Andrew Bovell, Irine Vela, Christos Tsiolkas, Patricia Cornelius and Melissa Reeves, director Susie Dee joins a stellar cast of local actors. Tickets are available from $49, with shows held daily from October 1–6.

Images: Pier Carthew.

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