Laurence Coy in Australian Theatre Live’s revival of Alex Buzo’s ‘Norm and Ahmed’. Photo Becky Matthews

Will cultures connect or collide at the stroke of midnight?

You’re walking home around midnight. It’s dark and the streets are deserted. You’re in a foreign country and your senses are on high alert. Suddenly, from nowhere, a stranger lurches from the shadows. “Got a light?”

Do you stop?

This is the situation that young Pakistani student Ahmed finds himself in when confronted by the unpredictable and ambiguous ‘great white’ Norm, in this performance of Alex Buzo’s sharp, entertaining and satirical 1960’s classic, ‘Norm and Ahmed’.

Fifty-three years since its premiere in Melbourne, Alex Buzo’s tense two hander remains alarmingly relevant, confronting issues of racism, xenophobia, female politics, cultural difference and assimilation. Now is the perfect time to discover, or rediscover, this iconic and pioneering piece of Australian theatre.

Performance includes coarse language, smoking, hate speech and violence.

Alex Buzo’s ‘Norm and Ahmed’ is a two hander : Laurence Coy plays Norm and Rajan Velu is Ahmed with Aarne Neeme directing.

Australian Theatre Live is presenting its production at the Riverside Theatres Parramatta. Performances are:

Monday 15 November 2021 at 7:30pm
Tuesday 16 November 2021 at 7:30pm
Wednesday 17 November 2021 at 7:30pm – Fundraising Performance*
Thursday 18 November 2021 at 7:30pm
Friday 19 November 2021 at 7:30pm
Saturday 20 November 2021 at 7:30pm – Special Filmed Performance**

*Wednesday 17th 50% of ticket prices will be donated to the Actors Benevolent Fund, **Saturday 20th ATL will be filming the performance.

Duration: 60 minutes

Ticket Prices: $23.20 (Concession) & $28.20 (Adult)