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10 - 19 November 2023

This Rough Magic By Helen Machalias


It begins, as always, with a storm. Sit still and hear of my sea-sorrow.

A chaotic storm erupts. A disastrous shipwreck ensues. Refugees Prospero, Miranda and Ariel are washed ashore on Christmas Island seeking asylum in Australia. But this side of the story is yet to be seen.  

Award-winning playwright of ideas Helen Machalias returns to The Street with another work of social commentary, reimagining Shakespeare’s The Tempest for our time in This Rough Magic - an exhilarating epic of power reckoning, survival and the cost of pursuing the promise of a better life. 

A powerful epic where ‘brave new world’ poetry collides with ‘stop the boats’ rhetoric and interpolations of Persian poetry, philosophy and storytelling to deliver a radically different representation of offshore detention.

Acclaimed Director Beng Oh crafts an extraordinary fast-moving spectacle conjuring an island of strange sounds and wondrous sights, enigmatic characters, and surprising relationships. A terrific acting ensemble open up the spaces between myth and reality, life and death, freedom and control.

Ambitious and thrilling This Rough Magic is a rich theatrical conversation with Shakespeare’s The Tempest, epic in scale and full of mysticism and longing. Not to be missed.

Reza Momenzada 
George Kanaan 
Lainie Hart
Andre Le
Kaitlin Nihill

World Premiere
A Street Produced Professional Theatre Production

Direction: Beng Oh
Dramaturg: Dr Rebecca Clode & Granaz Moussavi
Design: Imogen Keen
Lighting Design: Gerry Corcoran
Sound Design: Kyle Sheedy

Read More: Canberra Weekly | City News | Australian Arts Review | The Canberra Times | ARTS hub | HerCanberra

Lend an Ear: Living Arts Canberra | The Stage Show - Radio National (This Rough Magic starts 25mins30s)

All ticketholders will receive a copy of the Currency Press script and program 

Street One | Reserved | Duration 2 hours plus interval
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More information

The Street Presents 
This Rough Magic 
By Helen Machalias 

Saturday 11 - Sunday 19 November
Friday 10 November - Preview

Standard: $49.00 
Concession: $45.00 
Group 4+: $42.00 
Student: $35.00

*Preview: $39.00 (Fri 10 Nov)
**Mid-Week Special: $40.00 (Wed 15 Nov)

15 Childers St,

City West ACT 2601

Directions & Map

Monday - Friday

10am - 3pm


Also opens

1.5 hours prior

to performance.


02 6247 1223
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