'While the theatre stands up for the despised, Australian culture and decency are not yet dead.' - Thomas Keneally
The first of its kind, this timely anthology brings together six contemporary Australian plays that offer a range of narratives and perspectives on asylum seekers. A vexed issue within the Australian community - particularly among politicians, who often use asylum seekers to further their own ends - this collection contributes to Australia's ongoing discourse on unauthorised asylum seekers, immigration detention, border control and the right to belong.
This eclectic collection includes:
CMI (A Certain Maritime Incident)
by Version 1.0
A smart, ironic verbatim work that deals with the Children Overboard Affair and the SIEV X disaster.
Also published in Remixing Politics
The Rainbow Dark
by Victoria Carless
A surreal domestic satire about immigration detention.
The Pacific Solution
by Ben Eltham
Which takes armchair cricket commentary as a point of departure for a farce about the Howard government's excision of migration territory.
by Linda Jaivin
Which looks at the friendship between two detained asylum seekers.
Journey of Asylum - Waiting
devised by Catherine Simmonds
A series of vignettes based upon the personal experiences of asylum seekers and refugees living in Melbourne.
Nothing But Nothing
by Towfiq Al-Qady
An autobiographical play about childhood and war.
With a main Introduction as well as separate introductions to each play by Editor and Drama Lecturer Dr Emma Cox, Staging Asylum recognises the crucial role that theatre has played - and continues to play - in one of Australia's most hotly debated and urgent contemporary issues.