by Elise Hearst, Andrea James
Photo: Sarah Walker

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by Elise Hearst, Andrea James

The Argus, December 3, 1938

‘At a meeting of the Australian Aborigines’ League a resolution was passed voicing, of behalf of the aborigines of Australia, a strong protest against the ‘cruel persecution of the Jewish people by the Nazi Government of Germany, and asking that this persecution be brought to an end.’

1938. Europe burns. Young Jewish couple Hans and Alice Herskovics mount a dangerous escape from Nazi-occupied Vienna.

Half a world away, after a lifetime advocating for the rights of his own people, Yorta Yorta leader William Cooper leads a deputation to the front door of Melbourne’s German Consulate. His message – the persecution of the Jewish people must stop.

Nearly eighty years later, two playwrights come together on page and stage to explore the legacy of their ancestors in a unique cross-cultural collaboration.

What makes a hero?
Who can pull off the best 90’s flashback?
Whose dog is smartest?
Whose oppression largest?

From Austria to Australia, from a Deb Ball in Benalla to a Brighton Bat Mitzvah, Bright World is a genre-bending trip into the heart of our history-making.

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