Australian National Theatre Live PRESENTS
Liberty Equality Fraternity
Orlagh O’Connor has never considered herself a threat to national security. So why is she under surveillance and being interrogated? Is it a case of mistaken identity? Or does the odd young man interviewing her actually have a case?
Written by Geoffrey Atherden (Mother and Son), Liberty Equality Fraternity is a laugh-out-loud parody of our surveillance society, produced by Sydney’s famous Ensemble Theatre.
What Geoffrey does so cleverly is put Australian culture and politics under the microscope – but of course he does this in a very comedic way.
Liberty Equality Fraternity features Geoffrey’s gift for characterisation, and his excellent cast Caroline Brazier (Rake), Andrew Ryan (INXS: Never Tear Us Apart) and Helmut Bakaitis (The Matrix), play it with style and humour.
Geoffrey’s script highlights the fine line between our impulse to share information with the social media world (Facebook, etc), and our right to privacy.
It tests our complacency about intelligence gathering, access to personal information and the government’s ‘Right to Know’.
It’s the kind of show that’s going to leave people buzzing in the foyer, talking about all the different issues in the play for a long time afterwards. – Shannon Murphy (Director).
Vox Pops Liberty Equality Fraternity (1:14)
Liberty Equality Fraternity Trailer (2:19)
Mini Doco with playwright Geoffrey Atherden (4:40)
Australian National Theatre Live (7:19)
Liberty Equality Fraternity highlights Geoffrey Atherden’s gift for characterisation… very funny
Sydney Arts Guide
Excellent… a night in the theatre that stirs and provokes.
Sydney Arts Guide
The dialogue sizzles with lots of laugh-aloud moments.
The Daily Telegraph
Hooray for funny, literate, Australian drama with something important on its mind.
You’ll be amazed and highly amused by the play… delighted by the performances
Diana Simmonds, Stage Noise
Skilfully raises serious questions without missing the opportunities for big belly laughs… funny, surprising and thought-provoking
Geoffrey Atherden’s Kafka-esque comedy jacks neatly in to our anxieties regarding online privacy and the collection of personal data. A humourous reminder that in any revolution heads roll
Jason Blake, SMH
Author Geoffrey Atherden should be proud of this effort, which uses generous serves of humour in order to sweeten the bitter reality the play explores