Rough Draft #35: Barbaric Truth

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Rough Draft = creative development² + a free public showing

Barbaric Truth

By Jordan Shea

When Filipino teacher, Cef, finds himself embroiled in Rodrigo Durterte’s infamous war on drugs, the ramifications reach far beyond the Philippines. His cousin Lana, a lawyer raised in Sydney with little connection to her cultural heritage, is initially reluctant to become involved in his plight. But when her desperate aunt begs her for help she finds herself involved in the fight to save Cef’s life. Her mission to find justice in a system with no legal checks and balances, forces her to confront her family history and contemplate her own identity as part of Australia’s Filipino diaspora.

This ambitious drama examines the diaspora experience and the painful consequences of denying our histories and heritage.

About the artists

Writer Jordan Shea

Jordan Shea is a Filipino-Australian playwright, teacher and director. Over the past three years he has written texts for performance, live art and publication. His work has been workshopped, produced, performed by ATYP, VCA, Belvoir, Melbourne Fringe, Sydney Fringe, Small and Loud Melbourne, Arts House, BNW Theatre, Smoking Gum and soon at Sydney Theatre School. He holds a Master of Writing for Performance from the Victorian College of the Arts and a BA in Theatre/Politics. Barbaric Truth was developed originally at The Old 505 Theatre, as part of their 2017 residency.

Director Courtney Stewart

Courtney Stewart is an actor, dancer, singer, director and teaching artist. The Assistant Director on new play Australian Graffiti at STC in 2017, Courtney was also part of the creative development for new Australian works in 2016 including Single Asian Female for La Boite Theatre Company and Soi Cowboy for Brisbane Powerhouse, both of which she performed in. Alongside acting, Courtney currently works as a teaching artist with STC, NIDA, the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, EdTech and special access workshops. 

About Rough Drafts

Rough Drafts is an opportunity to see fragments of a work in progress and to gain insight into the theatre making process.

Rough Drafts support the development of new Australian works by providing artists with an opportunity to experiment with and grow their ideas. Writers and directors are given access to a rehearsal space, a paid team of actors or creatives and dramaturgical support. They may use the week and resources to embark on something currently unscripted or they might choose to develop a script that is already complete in draft form. The outcomes vary greatly according to the project.

At the end of the workshop week, we invite you into the development process to have a sneak peek of a work in progress at the free public showing. These showings are an opportunity for the artists to try their ideas in front of an audience... and it’s a chance for you to learn about how new plays are made.

Rough Drafts are supported by The Girgensohn Foundation

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