On the banks of the Georges River, Radha and her son Siddhartha release the ashes of Radha’s mother – their final connection to the past, to Sri Lanka and its struggles.
Written by S. Shakthidharan and directed by Eamon Flack, Counting and Cracking follows the uprooting and resettling of a Tamil family to Australia.
Siddhartha – Sid to his friends – is its youngest member. In his twenties, he’s restless, sometimes wild. But after meeting Lily, Sid has his eyes and heart opened to the importance of his family and roots and he starts to feel an urgent connection to a society and culture that feels utterly foreign yet distinctly like home.
A theatrically bold, epic drama about love, violence, silence and hope featuring a cast of 16 and during which a Sri Lankan meal will be served, this is a timely illustration of the ways in which Australia transforms those who come here and is itself transformed.
Read Jason Blake’s review here.