Set in the dog-eat-dog world of high stakes business, Liam Maguire’s Wrath has its Sydney premiere at Kings Cross Theatre, part of JackRabbit Theatre’s “hijack” of the venue.
“Wrath sits at an intersection between a protest and a celebration,” Maguire says.
“I set out to write a satire about power in the workplace, about the kind of toxic culture in the white-collar world that condones and regularly supports harassment and bullying. But somehow during its season at The Stables in Melbourne’s Meat Market last year, in the subversive nature of its performance, it started to spill out from those confines to interrogate how all those hierarchies are imbedded into the environments everywhere – even the theatre world, too.
“Six months on and that texture feels more important than ever, with power dynamics coming to the centre of attention from Hollywood to here in Sydney. What we’ve achieved as an ensemble is a darkly humorous reflection of the power plays that exist in professional environments.
“That said, I say Wrath is a celebration. On a planet that can feel more disheartening each year, there’s a remarkable catharsis in laughing with strangers in a dark room. There’s a rumbling anarchy at the heart of the play, both in where it finds its laughs and what it proves you can get away with in the often-conservative bubble of Australian theatre.
“I hope that Wrath will remind audiences how arbitrary the rules are and invigorates them to challenge them, no matter what environment. The unity that’s born from inclusive comedy is a weapon against everything that segregates us.”