- Rowena McIntosh
- 19 August 2015
This article is from 2015.
Explosive drama exposing racial prejudices
Australian theatre company Attic Erratic present a parable exploring racial and religious prejudice. Two enemies, Australian soldier Norm and Muslim civilian Ahmed, find themselves trapped mere feet apart when they both step on reconstituted Soviet landmines.
As they argue and provoke one another, Ahmed exposes the double standard of terrorism. While Christians who kill innocent people are labelled ‘crazed gunmen’, Muslims are branded religious extremists. He has plenty of examples, including Norway’s Anders Behring Breivik, and although some instances might not be as well known outside Australia, it speaks to a wider discussion on racial and religious attitudes.
It’s a tightly written script, with lots of biting comic lines and the threat of an imminent violent death creating plenty of tension. The pair deliver skilled performances, bringing depth and empathy to their characters as their shared fate wears away their defences. Despite the lack of physical movement, the pace is varied, with a joint hallucination allowing for a comic interlude. While amusing, it’s a bizarre addition that unsettles the drama, as is a priest who appears entirely unperturbed by his recent survival of a plane crash that killed several soldiers.
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