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Orange Thrower

A joyful comedy, a curious mystery, and a poignant love letter to South African women, all squeezed into one.

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Orange Thrower

Date: 22 Nov 2021

The night is still. The air is hot and thick. Matching houses stretch as far as the eye can see. Welcome to the sunny suburb of Paradise.

While her folks are back in Johannesburg, Zadie is holding down the family fort. This means keeping her little sis away from bush doofs, avoiding the cute boy next door, and smiling when her nice white neighbours try to touch her hair.

All that changes when an unexpected visitor bursts back into Zadie’s life in the middle of the night, breaking the neighbourhood’s stuffy silence with loud music and even louder opinions. To make matters worse, someone’s been pelting the house with oranges. All of a sudden, Zadie’s got a big, sticky suburban mess on her hands.

A co-production with Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta, Orange Thrower is the award-winning debut play from Kirsty Marillier, directed with zest by Zindzi Okenyo.

A fresh twist on the Australian coming-of-age story, this play is a joyful comedy, a curious mystery, and a poignant love letter to South African women, all squeezed into one.

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