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E M P I R E: a play inspired by the work of Noam Chomsky, Arundhati Roy & Wikileaks

March 18, 2022 @ 12:00 am

A thought provoking play by Kinetic Energy Theatre Company, inspired by the work of Noam Chomsky, Arundhati Roy & Wikileaks

One hour of wit, pathos, live music and visual imagery exposing a Machiavellian world in Free Fall

 is an adaptation of two political essays by Arundhati Roy: “The loneliness of Noam Chomsky”, written in honour of Chomsky for his monumental legacy as analyst of Power and the Mass Media. And: “Confronting Empire”, Roy’s passionate call for resistance and change.

This gritty play draws an arch right from the birth of the “Idea of America” to the US Empire’s present day excesses. Australian audiences no doubt will draw parallels to their own colonial past and post-colonial present.

What lies behind the phrases ‘Free Speech’, the ‘Free Market’, the ‘Free World’ and that beautiful, sunny word ‘Freedom’…

As you read this, whistleblower Bradley Manning is standing trial before a US military court, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is being threatened with extradition to Sweden and possibly the USA, while all efforts are being made by the powers that be to shut down WikiLeaks.

We live in an Orwellian world. And yet, despite the most heinous crimes against nature and humanity, hope that ‘another world is possible’ springs eternal. Alternatives are being created, and all around the globe people are uniting in their demand for justice and peace.

EMPIRE returns by popular demand after performances held last year coinciding with Chomsky’s stay in Sydney, when he received the 2011 Sydney Peace Prize. The show has been augmented: this time you will be eyewitness to Bradley Manning’s controversial ‘confession’ to Adrian Lamo, and you will be treated to the most original version of “Stars & Stripes Forever” you have ever heard.

One hour of wit, pathos, live music and visual imagery exposing a Machiavellian world in Free Fall.

EMPIRE is part of a Music & Theatre double bill at the KINETIC JAZZ APRIL SEASON, with the Jazz starting at 7.30 pm, and EMPIRE at 9.15 pm.

Dates:             April 13-15 & 20-22 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Venue:            St Luke’s Hall, 11 Stanmore Road, Enmore

(opposite 7/11 petrol station)

Tickets:         Double Bill (Music & Theatre) $30 Full, $22 Concession

                        Single Session (Music or Theatre): $20 Full, $15 Concession

Bookings/inquiries: 8313 9014  or  0415 391 533  or  www.eventtix.biz

Kinetic Café is open from 7pm serving delicious snacks & drinks (no alcohol).


March 18, 2022
12:00 am