The Ides of March
This event has now finished. Until Dec 21 2008
Time Out says
'This is not 1984' a handful of characters in Duncan Ley's brave new play announce in turn. Occasionally you're tempted to say, in response to his futuristic imagining of a post nuclear Australia, 'And more's the pity'. But it is a timely take on the roots and branches of modern terrorism, and the repressive, mono-cultural regime likely to follow a massive home-grown attack. Adam Spreadbury-Maher's increasingly gripping production handles the script's tricky time-jumping overlapping storylines with great assurance, as seven, interlocking apocalyptic tales unfold. Ley asks his central character, Laura Hammond, to do too much of his own ideological work, which makes her company difficult to keep over two hours of playing time. Hugely compelling, however, are the actively evolving relationships between her ex-husband, her Muslim ex-lover and their sons and the gradual revelation of just how horrifically extreme a democracy in crisis could become.