20.11.2019

This Is Now - Normal

Year 11 Theatre Arts Production 2019

18-19-20 November 2019

Southbank Theatre, The Lawler

Summary

This is Now is a short season of contemporary Australian plays that explore issues as diverse
as grief, family dysfunction, recreational drug use, change and growing up, friendship,
power, prejudice and othering and hope. Always challenging, occasionally provocative,
intermittently amusing and disconcerting, these plays collectively form a suite that invites
the viewer to consider the world from the perspective of Australia’s young people.

Normal Synopsis

Based on real events in a small town in the United States, Normal explores the link between
disenfranchisement and hysteria. Poppy Williams is a healthy, highly intelligent teenager
whose life is unsurprisingly defined by her friends, school, her single parent and social
media. All that starts to change when Poppy develops tics and seizures that resemble the
symptoms of Tourette Syndrome. Initially experiencing pity and a measure of sympathy
from her friends and wider community, everything undergoes a seismic reorientation when
other members of Poppy’s peer group begin to display similar symptoms. Poppy’s shift
from victim to vector highlights her powerlessness at the hands of the adults who control
the world around her. Katie Pollock’s play explores what it is to be ‘other’ in a community
that manipulates truth to maintain a social norm that is corrupt and self-serving at its core.

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