by Reg Cribb
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by Reg Cribb

Unaustralia tells the story of Ali, a devout Muslim teenager who loves to surf. An aberration in his own Lakemba community and family, he moves to Crulla Beach to be near the surfing culture he loves so much. Ali watches in dismay as an altercation between his volatile, conflicted younger brother Fadi and two lifeguards erupts into an ugly racial battle on the beachfront one Sunday - battle that sucks his friends and younger sister Nadia into its vortex and forces Ali to take sides and re-examine who he really is.

Based on events at Cronulla Beach and a day in history that forced Australia to look deep into its dark, intolerant heart, Unaustralia was first produced as a graduation play by third year Acting students at West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2007.

"The pacy, engaging and at times hilarious script exposes a conflict that raises issues related to racial tensions, nationalism, political duplicity, media disinformation and the problem of Australian identity formation... Cribb's courageous individual voice confronts, shocks and entertains us... the universality of its issues is a testament to the strength of the writing." - Karen Marais, The West Australian

"The script is excellent with the dialogue terse and vivid..." - Australian Stage

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