Riverside Theatre's National Theatre of Parramatta & CuriousWorks
Play: Let Me Know When You Get Home
18-20 March 2021
Lennox Theatre, Riverside Theatres, Parramatta
Cost: $39 Adult; $35 Concession; $27 Youth.
Let Me Know When You Get Home is a new play about growing up queer in Western Sydney, presented as part of Launchpad, by Riverside Theatre’s National Theatre of Parramatta, in association with CuriousWorks.
Set in the backdrop of Mardi Gras and post-high school/ pre-adult life, Let Me Know When You Get Home is a celebration of queer friendship, community and radical optimism. It follows Val, a seventeen-year-old Filipino who’s anxious to leave her traditional home in Fairfield and start her life as a queer adult. Though the show is specifically Western Sydney, the myth it interrogates is familiar to any lonely LGBTI+ person; if you want to be accepted, you have to leave your hometown and move to the big city, whether it's Sydney, Melbourne, San Francisco, or some other supposed LGBTQI+ utopia.
Let Me Know When You Get Home is a world premiere production, presented by Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta in association with CuriousWorks. It was written by Miranda Aguilar, and directed by Valerie Berry (Swallow, Double Delicious) in her directorial debut.
It is the first full-length play from Miranda Aguilar. It was largely inspired by their own experiences with queer suburban isolation, Filipino/a/x diasporic identity, and living and working in Western Sydney, particularly in the wake of the 2017 postal plebiscite results.
Writer Miranda Aguilar says: “Growing up queer, Filipinx and isolated, it never helped me to hear adults say that 'it gets better.' I wanted to write a coming-of-age story for young folks that understands how out of reach 'escaping' your racist, homophobic and transphobic community can be. I wrote Let Me Know When You Get Home to tell young queer folks, 'I know it sucks right now, so I'm going to stay here with you.'”
As Let Me Know When You Get Home was developed for young people Western Sydney, CuriousWorks is also working with local youth organisations to invite young people who can’t afford to buy theatre tickets. They’re raising donations to send 25 young people from the area to watch their first play.
Let Me Know When You Get Home premieres alongside The Sorry Mum Project as part of the Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta’s Launchpad, a double-bill of new Western Sydney work.
Tickets: online or from the Box Office (02) 8839 3399. Transaction fees: $4.60.
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