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Neighbourhood Watch

Lally Katz's comedy about hope, death and pets questions whether we really know what’s out there in the ‘burbs’.

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Neighbourhood Watch

Date: 3 Feb 2020

Ana is a battle hardened Hungarian-Australian veteran of the 20th century. Catherine is her neighbour: a 20-something aspiring actress waiting for a better world.

Can their unlikely friendship outlive the colossal forces of history, the inevitability of death, and a trip to the mall to see Mamma Mia?

Taking place in the year between Kevin Rudd’s election as Australian Prime Minister and Barack Obama’s as President of the United States, this wonderful play is a classic odd-couple story: opposites attract, and from each other they gain a new understanding.

As their unlikely relationship develops, Catherine’s life is transformed by Ana’s stories of an almost forgotten world. Through her new friend’s eyes she witnesses the traumas of war, the desolation of the refugee experience, and the struggle of settling in a foreign land. The courage this gives her in dealing with her own past is Ana’s gift to her. In turn, Ana is granted one last great friendship at a time when the journey to her life’s end was looking to be a lonely one.

First seen at Belvoir in 2011, Lally Katz’s comedy about hope, death and pets takes on a sense of enormity in the midst of the ordinary, questioning whether we really know what’s out there in the ‘burbs’.

New Theatre’s Artistic Director, Louis Fischer directs. Cathy Bates, Colleen Cook, Joshua Horwitz, Susan Jordan, Stephen Lloyd-Coombs, Eloise Martin-Jones, Kelly Robinson, Harry Taylor, John Van Putten, Caitlin Williams and Tricia Youlden feature.

The New Theatre will maintain strict social-distancing practices in accordance with government advice, with a maximum capacity of 44 people in the audience per performance, contactless ticketing, deep cleaning of the venue, and hand sanitising stations. Audiences will be encouraged to wear masks.

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