In the not too distant future, global environmental collapse triggers wars, the movement of millions of people, failure of mass food production and the breakdown of democracies. But this story focuses on one woman’s desperate struggle to survive. Maria lives in a city plagued by chronic food and water shortages. Now it is survival of the fittest and young people have the competitive advantage. 

Maria is not young and now is trapped in her apartment with her husband Paul and their neighbor, Ewa. Their last moments are a bitter competition for food and water. But Maria refuses to give up. Maria plans her escape. She needs to see her son one last time. And when she does – nothing is as she wished. 

#NoExemptions, a new work for theatre, explores a dystopian vision for humanity that is not predictable, but a savage critique of current privilege and inequality—with a twist- and not without humour. Told from the intimacy of one family’s crisis and isolation, the play is a compacted moment in time in which unfolding events are the result of an already projected environmental collapse from climate change, pollution and over consumption. No amount of privilege can protect anyone from the consequences.  #NoExemptions is a bold, confronting and provocative statement of human equality. We all share one world. 

Review from The Shift Theatre’s previous work:

“The actors give powerful and honest performances.” 
– Stage Whispers

May 6 (Fri) 7:30pm show will also be livestreamed.

Content warning: Strong language and violence. This play is 15+ as it has some strong language and physical fighting. 

Produced by The Shift Theatre 
Written by Angela Buckingham
Conceived with the assistance of Michaela Maxi Schulz
Directed by Susie Dee
Set and Costume Design by Sophie Woodward
Sound Design by Ian Moorhead
Lighting Design by Gina Gascoigne
Stage Management by Claire Shepherd
Performed by Carolyn Bock, Endrico Botha, Helen Hopkins, Hugh Sexton, Eva Seymour
Image by Darren Gill

Access Information:

Visual rating 50%: Events are partly subtitled or include dialogue, background music and/or sounds, so d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences can have some engagement with the event.

Aural Rating 50%: Has both sound and visual components, but sight isn’t essential to be able to engage with the event.

For further information:

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This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body 
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