A VCE, Theatre Studies, Unit 3 production

Running with Emus is a new tragi-comic play about the conflicts and dynamics that arise as a community considers becoming a “Refugee Friendly Town”.

Running with Emus is a new play by award-winning regional playwright Merrilee Moss about refugees, identity and belonging. Seventy-six year old Pat has dropped out of life. She is living on her veranda, watching birds, when her granddaughter arrives to stir up the town. Throw into the mix an Italian ghost from the past, a bigoted Mayor and a chorus of laconic locals and you have a story about what it is to be Australian in a multicultural world.

Writer: Merrilee Moss

Director: Kim Durban

Designer: Adam (Gus) Powers

Performers: Julie Nihill, Sam Baxter, Elizabeth Sly, Kevin Dee, Gregory J Fryer

Image by: Darren Gill

Director Kim Durban and Writer Merrilee Moss have worked together before. This is what a reviewer said about their production Oriel.

“Lively, funny, insightful, poignant and pointed… Life and Art bounce off each other … It asks its powerful questions in a most entertaining, good-natured way.”

Michael Brindley, Stage Whispers, 2016

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