Aussie traditions are highlighted and unravelled in a suburban backyard in the world premiere of Zoey Dawson’s comedic satire Australian Realness.

The summery embrace of a family Christmas. Familiar characters pop the cork on mid-range bubbly for a raucous celebration of festive traditions.

But, all is not well. As adult kids regress to the parental homestead, mum and dad’s apparent wealth is waning. They’ve sold the Audi. There are fewer presents. They’re even renting out the back shed to supplement their income.

Following a Christmas dinner invitation, ocker antics start to infect the house. First, it’s the tracky dacks. Then, it’s the durries. Before you know it, the working class are treading their unsophistication all over the polished floorboards … or so it may seem.

Australian Realness fast-forwards from the dawn of the Howard era to revel in the shattering of expectations and artificial class divisions.

Prying open social divides, Janice Muller (Revolt. She said. Revolt again., Good Muslim Boy) directs the cast members each playing two characters—one bourgeois, one bogan. Linda Cropper (Offspring) stars as the matriarch of both households alongside André DeVanny (The Rover), Emily Goddard (Angels in America), Chanella Macri and Greg Stone (Cloudstreet).

August 16 – September 8


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