Anthem returns for Sydney and Perth Festival seasons

Anthem is a parable of Australian democracy”

Audiences in Sydney and Perth will have the opportunity to catch major new Australian theatre work Anthem when we hit the road in early 2020.

21 years ago, an angry and unapologetic exploration of class, division and exploitation exploded onto stage from the Melbourne Workers’ Theatre, and Who’s Afraid Of The Working Class? became an instant classic.

Now the acclaimed writers Andrew Bovell, Patricia Cornelius, Melissa Reeves, Christos Tsiolkas and Irine Vela have joined forces once again to show Australia as it is, not as it pretends.

Initiated and co-produced by Arts Centre Melbourne, with support from Melbourne, Sydney and Perth Festivals and the Major Festivals Initiative, this is a landmark piece of Australian theatre that electrified audiences in its premiere Melbourne season.

We’re heading to Sydney’s Roslyn Packer Theatre in January before a season at the State Theatre Centre of WA in February.

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A country settled by convicts, by famine escapees, by refugees of every kind, is likely to cleave to a myth of egalitarianism even as the prospect of plenty (or the phantom) annihilates any equality of opportunity.
-The Saturday Paper

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