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World Premiere | Australia
An action-filled neo-noir investigation into the history of White Australia.
In the early 1860s, violence erupted against Chinese miners in the goldfields of Victoria and New South Wales, directly contributing to the NSW Chinese Restriction Act and ultimately the 1901 Immigration Restriction Act - otherwise known as the White Australia Policy.
In modern-day Sydney, Chinese Australian street fighter Wei draws two detectives - Arab Australian Jihad and his Aboriginal Muslim partner Matthew/Muhammed - on a road trip to Burrangong; site of the infamous Lambing Flat Riots. Here they must confront the landscape and its demons to ask themselves: does a curse inhabit a land or its people?
Bringing together the talents of award-winning novelist Michael Mohammed Ahmad, acclaimed theatre director Rachael Swain and choreographer of filmic and surrealist dance theatre Gavin Webber, The Demon speaks to the challenges we all face as a multicultural, multi-faith and multiracial Australian society.
Stylized and dreamlike, this complex yet compelling premiere combines contemporary Australian crime thriller and magic realism with a ‘Lynchian’ twist.
Writer: Michael Mohammed Ahmad
Concept: Rachael Swain with Tony Ayres
Director: Rachael Swain
Choreographer: Gavin Webber
Designer: Stephen Curtis
Composer: Nick Wales
Sound Design and Additional music: Bob Scott
Lighting Designer: Trent Suidgeest
Script editor: Tony Ayres
Script editor (First Nations content): Samantha Hogg
Script editor (Chinese female content): Janette Chen
Cast and co-creators:
Hazem Shammas: Jihad
Damion Hunter: Matthew/Muhammed
Yilin Kong: Wei
Joshua Thomson: The Demon
Hsin-Ju Ely: Daphne
Chongwei Zhang: Ivan
Production Manager: Liam Kennedy
Stage manager/ Sound Operator: Jesse Hilford
Rigger: Garnet Brownbill
Producer: Rachael Swain
Auspice by: Performance Space Ltd
With thanks to:
Chiu-Ju Wang (Jill), Ali Kadhim, Lia Reutens and Kirk Page for their roles in previous development stages. Thanks to Keir Beck for his initial stunt design of The Demon.
The Demon was commissioned by OzAsia Festival and Sydney Opera House.