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Is God Is — Sydney Theatre Company

From the minds that directed the Sydney and Melbourne seasons of the internationally acclaimed 'seven methods of killing kylie jenner'.
By David Allegretti
September 13, 2023
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September 13, 2023
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Award-winning US playwright Aleshea Harris' breakout hit Is God Is graces Sydney this month as part of its Australian debut. In what promises to be a rollercoaster ride of thrills, kills, and societal commentary, Is God Is follows twin sisters Racine and Anaia on a journey across America to track down their abusive father. The goal? To exact their vengeance for the cruelty they endured at his hands growing up.

Harris says Is God Is takes its cues from "the ancient, the modern, the tragic, the spaghetti western, hip-hop and Afropunk," in a production that aims to reclaim the trope of "the angry Black woman".

Intrigued? Think an edge-of-your-seat thriller that mixes the Wild West violence of Kill Bill with the dark humour and biting satire of Get Out. Harris' gripping (and at times brutal) writing has been setting Off-Broadway theatres alight for some years now, winning her some of the most prestigious international playwriting awards along the way.

Is God Is

After a glowing reception in Melbourne, this production from Sydney Theatre Company and Melbourne Theatre Company is on its way to STC's home at The Wharf. Creative powerhouses Zindzi Okenyo and Shari Sebbens, whose last partnership seven methods of killing kylie jenner took both Sydney and Melbourne by storm, are back to co-direct an ensemble cast of eight in this electric work of theatre.

"Step aside, Quentin Tarantino and Martin McDonagh." said one New York Times critic after experiencing this fast-paced, high-stakes revenge odyssey. You've got to see it for yourself.

And if you're looking to keep the party going post-show, you're in luck because the first three Fridays in October will see Sydney Theatre Company present "Nights at The Wharf" — a slick curation of DJs by Sounds of Afrobeats, plus art, entertainment and food.

The series of free events will be held at The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf, featuring multidisciplinary artists from the African diaspora. Friday, October 6, will see Sounds of Afrobeats collaborate with Musonga Mbogo; Friday, October 13, will be Afrobeats x Kobla Dido; and Friday, October 20, will see Sounds of Afrobeats x Jpegsbynaa.

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