Media Release

WHITE YOUTHS’ RACIAL CONFRONTATION IN NEW AUSTRALIAN PLAY

A powerful new Australian play coming to Sydney’s Old 505 Theatre is set to expose the implicit racial bias that pervades Australian culture – through the eyes of a naïve and ignorant younger generation.

flood-hands-image-medFLOOD, by Chris Isaacs, places white Australian youths in the centre of racial confrontation when they find themselves out of their comfort zone and – quite literally – out of their depth.

Six non-indigenous ‘twenty-somethings’ head off on a camping trip into outback Australia on an end-of-year rite of passage to reconnect as old friends. However, their journey into the unknown takes a violent turn after they set up camp near an isolated creek.

Treating it as a swimming hole, they encounter an enraged member of the local indigenous community and the encounter escalates with disturbing and tragic consequences. The series of events that follow will forever change their understanding of the land, Aboriginal culture and its place within the society in which they live.

FLOOD is produced by Lambert House Enterprises (The Credeaux Canvas, The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, Relative Merits) and realised by award-winning NIDA-trained director Charles Sanders (State Theatre of SA, SITI, House of Sand, Pedal/Peddle, Castles, Knitting While Sleeping). The cast features James Wright, Chandel Rose, Aaron Lucas, Jackson Williams, Cait Burley, David Harper and Olivia Jubb.

FLOOD premiered at The Black Swan Theatre Company in Perth in 2014 to great critical acclaim. Playwright Chris Isaacs‘ other credits include Helpmann-nominated It’s Dark Outside and Falling Through Clouds. He is also a member of the creative team behind the multi-award-winning The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer, touring extensively with the production 2010-14.

Isaacs says FLOOD is a play that looks at implicit racial bias, the tribes we choose to align ourselves with… and the outcomes of those alignments. “It’s not black and white… in every sense.”

Director Sanders adds that the characters in the play are not the kinds of kids that are spouting hate speech. “They’re simply not aware of the complexities of living in a multicultural society that has an oppressed indigenous population.”

Flood plays at Old 505 Theatre, 5 Eliza Street Newtown from November 8 to 19, with performances Tues-Sat at 8.15pm plus 11am matinees Thurs 11 Nov, Tues 15 Nov and Fri 18 Nov, plus Sat 19th at 5pm.

Lambert House Enterprises presents FLOOD by Chris Isaacs
Directed by Charles Sanders
Nov 8-19 Tues-Sat (previews Tues 8 and Wed 9 Nov)
Old 505 Theatre, 5 Eliza St, Newtown
Tickets $35/$25 conc. Bookings www.old505theatre.com
View the trailer at http://vimeo.com/182404525
Developed with the assistance of Play Writing Australia