BANANA REPUBLIC

by Anthony Noack

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BANANA REPUBLIC

by Anthony Noack

A group of young friends try to rebuild the world one share-house at a time. When new lawyer Jen starts to talk up the socialist lifestyle of her new activist boyfriend, her cousin and slightly right-of- center housemate, Julian, stirs the pot by suggesting that they share their income and start up a commune at home. Julian flips burgers for a major fast food restaurant chain, while the third member of the house, Dill, is unemployed and practically lives on the couch. Jen refuses to subsidise her slacker housemates, but eventually signs her wages over to impress Geoff. Jen splits her time between work and helping Geoff undertake a variety of protest actions; however tensions at home upset their utopia. Dill discovers a knack for online stock trading and sets up a rouge website. He buys up shares in a South American Alpaca Milk farm with Jen's credit card and fills the house with a range of useless 'must-have' gadgets to celebrate his new lifestyle. Things seems to be going OK as Dill engages in socially dubious business practices and Julian is rewarded at work for cutting costs, even though he poisoned a child. However their shaky financial position is finally revealed when the alpaca milk market crashes and the play spirals towards the collapse of their reluctant utopia.

'A hugely funny show.' - The Opera Boys

'Banana Republic is a fresh, idealistic play about big personalities with big ideas splashing the audience with a steady stream of laughs.' - Same Same

'A fun-filled ride with an incredible cast' - Clare Pickering @ Aussie Theatre