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Posted by redkoireviews on 25/01/2006

This play is part of the 2006 Sydney Festival. It’s produced by great local company Urban Theatre Projects. The audience is taken on a bus tour through Parramatta and Blacktown before ariving at ‘the backyard’. At first it felt kind of voyeristic – like I’d become so estranged from real life I felt the need to go an watch it as art. But soon enough the emotional power of the play took over, rasing confronting issues such as racism and broken relationships that young Sydney men face. After the recent race riots in Cronulla, this play is timely. Thanks goes to the Urban Theatre for avoid cheap preaching and working on a real feel for the play.
The conculsion feels unresloved, but perhaps that just reflects the nature of the problems these men face. Great to see the Sydney Festival acts finally getting into the real centre of Sydney.
My Rating: 4 Stars

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