[by Julia Barnes]
The Weekend by Indigenous playwright Henrietta Baird
The Weekend is based the playwright's real-life experiences over a weekend when a dancer on-tour has to return to the city after a distressed call from her kids as their dad has disappeared.
The play tells of the characters she encounters on her search - traversing the world of an urban Indigenous community, public housing (based on the Waterloo Towers), and the threat of losing her kids. This one-woman play blends laughter, hope, love and loss into a young family’s search for a new beginning.
Developed and presented by Moogahlin Performing Arts for Sydney Festival, this new play by a first time playwright continues Moogahlin's success in developing First Peoples stories to the stage, with the success of plays Jada Albert's Brother's Wreck (premiered at Belvoir to standing ovations in 2014) and Nathan Maynard's The Season (world premiere at 2017 Sydney Festival at Sydney Opera House) going on to critical acclaim and national tours.
WHEN Friday 18 January - Wednesday 23 January
WHERE Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh
TICKETS General Admission $36 + bf, Priority Entry $41 + bf
Playwright Henrietta Baird. Image: Jamie James
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