These Are Not My People artwork

These Are Not My People

  • 17th May 2018 - 19th May 2018 to (Everyday)
  • Wollongong
    Building 25.168, Performance Space

Playwright: Mary Rachel Brown
Director: Linda Luke AD: Glyn Megarrity

Performed by third year Bachelor of Performance students: Harrison Bishop, Meagan Collar, Connor Crick, Lana Filies, Maddie Harley, Rikiah Lizarraga, Glyn Megarrity, Jessica Melchert, Vanessa Mitchell, Monica Mulveney, Juliano Pisana, Isaac Real, Brianna Shaw, Molly Simpson, Ben Stonnill.

Production Manager: Hannah Buchner; APM: Tyler Fitzpatrick

Lighting Design team: Kahlia Lane, Nick Covell, Jei Strolin, Riley Stratton (mentor: Karen Norris)

Stage Managers: Joshua O’Connor & Samuel Read

‘To get involved or to not get involved – that is the question?!’

A drunk woman abuses a young Muslim woman on bus. Someone films the incident and uploads it to Facebook unleashing a deluge of hate speech on the one hand, and a media feeding frenzy on the other. The play explores what happened next. We follow the belligerent Nikki Saunders who hurled the abuse; Adeela, subject of the abuse; Tony who filmed the abuse; and the professor who tries to intervene. Regardless of each character’s actions, empathy has been the starting point for cast and creatives, inviting each of us to reflect on our own moral codes

“These Are Not My People” is a provocative, gritty and pertinent play exploring racism, class and the ways in which social media has pervaded our lives, arguably in ways we barely understand. This play seeks to show how hate speech directly impacts on people’s lives, and further, how fear of the mob may both immobilise and manipulate. Brown’s succinct and provocative writing, raises questions but provides no answers. Multifaceted and complex, “These Are Not My People” invites audience members to think for themselves.

Mary Rachel Brown's “These Are Not My People” and Suzie Miller's “The Causality Principle between Love and Hate”, (directed by Catherine McKinnon) have been developed through TAEM’s commissioning program in order to provide third year students (Bachelor of Performance and Bachelor of Creative Arts – Technical Theatre), experience in working with professional playwrights. Both playwrights have written several drafts which underwent dramaturgy by each director, followed by another draft subsequent to working with the students in March 2018.

Actor and award-winning playwright, MARY RACHEL BROWN is a highly respected writer in the national landscape with an impressive body of theatre and television credits behind her. Perhaps best known for her play, “The Dapto Chaser” (2015) she is the recipient of the 2008 Rodney Seaborn Award, the 2007 Max Afford Award and the 2006 Griffin Award.

Director, LINDA LUKE has been a performance-maker and dancer for more than 20 years. Her underlying practice is BodyWeather, a methodology founded by Min Tanaka in Japan, a synthesis of dance and theatre practices both East and West. Her solo performances have been presented at festivals nationally, and she is a core ensemble member of Sydney-based dance company, De Quincey Co, performing in a more than a dozen productions for the company. She is Associate Artist at ReadyMade Works, a studio space dedicated to independent dance-makers in Sydney.

Season: Thursday 17 – Saturday 19 May 2018, at 8pm nightly
Location: Building 25.168, Performance Space, University of Wollongong 
Tickets: $23 full, $16 Conc., and $12 TAEM students