When social worker Ant discovers Currah, a young indigenous girl with a horrific past, he's certain he's found the way to make a difference. When literary agent extraordinaire Ronnie Lowe discovers Currah, she's certain she’s found marketing gold. Now Currah's got the world at her feet, an army of fans and isn't returning any of Ant's calls. Finding himself flung aside, Ant will do anything to be part of the spotlight.
Inspired by the recent spate of fabricated “misery memoirs”, A Hoax is a vicious satire on the politics of identity, modern celebrity and the peddling of abuse culture.
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EXTRACT: This memoir, Nobodyâ€™s Girlâ€”itâ€™s a game changer. Thereâ€™s a section where she describes what it was like being locked in the cellarâ€”and she writes about it with suchâ€”I said, â€˜Currahâ€” you canâ€™t say that?!â€™ But thank God she has. [Reading] â€˜It smells like the dark and it feels like the night and even if Iâ€™m lying there alone the air is thick and warm and comforting like Dadâ€™s cigarette breath steaming up the back of my neck.Adult themes
Rick Viede writes about the literary hoaxes that inspired his play A Hoax, opening at Griffin in July. Hoax number #1 is A Million Little Pieces by James Frey.
Rick Viede writes about the literary hoaxes that inspired his play A Hoax, opening at Griffin in July. Hoax number #2 is Wanda Koolmatrieâ€™s My Own Sweet Time (1994)â€¦
Rick Viede, Griffin Award winning playwright, has been up in Brisbane with the cast and crew of A Hoax in their first weeks of rehearsal.
An interview with Rick upon winning the 2011 Griffin Award.
"IT BEGINS as money changes hands in a hotel room - an Aboriginal street-girl has agreed to do something for a middle-aged white man for $200. But it's not what you think - it turns out to be something infinitely more sleazy than that."
"A Hoax succeeds in showing thereâ€™s nothing redemptive about spinning lies in the search for fame."
"...A bold and flagrant investment in a new Australian work. It's in-your-face theatre that catapults the audience deep into the twisted minds of four misfits all of whom long to be somebody big."
"Brisbane audiences are the first in the world to see Rick Viedeâ€™s new play A Hoax. Itâ€™s a privilege for which I think audiences will be extremely grateful."
"This play isn't a play about race. It's a play about being an outsider. There are four characters in the play and they are all outsiders."
"I look forward to the day when indigenous actors can play Hamlet and Ophelia and not just Othello and Desdemona." - Shari Sebbens