New Australian play A Hoax premieres at La Boite
When it comes to conversations of a serious nature, sometimes it seems easier to sweep it all under a rug. But under there, issues surrounding politics, media, cultural identity and ownership, and race bubble under the surface until someone is ready to speak out.
Inspired by the recent spate of fabricated ‘misery memoirs’, Rick Viede holds up a mirror to society with his bold play A Hoax. Co-produced by La Boite and Griffin Theatre Company, this new Australian work weaves humour through the serious, producing a vicious satire on the politics of identity and celebrity.
A Hoax tells the story of Currah, a young Indigenous girl with a horrific past, which she weaves into a controversial memoir Nobody’s Girl, shooting her to the top of the national bestseller list and the heights of stardom. The media go mad for Currah, and she mad for the attention. But when it is discovered that white male social worker Ant is the true author behind the piece, the lies within the work are revealed with great consequence.
Winner of the 2011 Griffin Award, this brave, compelling play tackles the idea of the outsider wanting recognition and the crucifixion that results when fabricated ‘mis-lit’ tales are exposed. A Hoax premieres at La Boite’s Roundhouse Theatre May 5–26 before transferring to Griffin Theatre Company in Sydney.