A post-colonial school musical about inconvenient truths
Welcome to Nauru, a tropical island filled with palm trees, phosphate mines, coconut water and children. Set against a backdrop of costumes and colonialism, We all know what’s happening tells an absurd, true story about Leonardo da Vinci, seagull chatter and children held prisoner. In a melange of school musical, history lesson and political investigation, seven privileged children tell the tale of dozens of their unfortunate peers who are less lucky: they’re imprisoned. They are being held prisoner in the controversial detention centre where Australia sends its migrants to await immigration documentation. The rich island, once so idyllic, now regularly makes the news because of the physical maltreatment, sexual abuse and suicide attempts running rampant among the refugees. In a disarming manner, We all know what’s happening exposes the harrowing tatters of an unbelievably cruel migration policy, and raises difficult questions for all of us across the globe. Strong stuff.
Do you want to learn more about this performance and its makers? On August 24th at 19:30 h, this performance is followed by an aftertalk in which you can ask everything you would like to know!
“Passionate and political, affecting and entertaining, We All Know What's Happening throws down the gauntlet to the adults in the audience”
Co-created by | Samara Hersch & Lara Thoms
Original concept | Samara Hersch
Performers | Allegra Di Lallo, Lazar Feldman, Finn Owen, Tove Due, Venu Elisaia, Casper Plum and Theo Boltman
Design | Romanie Harper, Lara Thoms
Sound design and composition | Marco Cher-Gibard
Pianist and collaborator| Grace Ferguson
Lighting Design | Jen Hector
Stage manager | Cassandra Fumi
Production manager | Katie Sfetkidis
Presented by | Arts House 2017, Campbelltown Arts Centre 2018 and Vitalstatistix 2019