What it’s like to grow up as the second generation of Greek immigrants may be ingrained in our popular culture but the true stories of their parents, and especially the women who embarked on the journey to Australia in the 1950s and 60s are less well known.
Created from candid interviews the playwright conducted with 20 Greek women who sailed to Australia in this era, Taxithi – An Australian Odyssey is a stirring hybrid of personal testimony and song. The diversity of their stories and experiences in Australia – and the insight into Greece’s political upheaval that motivated some migrants’ urgent need for safety – are spiked with optimism, heartache, hope and sacrifice. Their tales are gloriously supplemented by fierce, yearning and passionate rebetika: urban folk songs that grew into a distinctive popular form in the 60s.
Following a sold-out, critically-acclaimed 2016 season at fortyfivedownstairs, Taxithi – An Australian Odyssey makes a welcome return season to the newly-renovated Alexander Theatre, once again showcasing the unforgettable talents of singer/writer Helen Yotis Patterson, acclaimed young screen and stage actor Artemis Ioannides and music-theatre legend Maria Mercedes.
Thinking about dinner? Come by at 7.00pm for a gastronomical feast of Greek street fare from The Greek Trojan Yiros.
‘It may have special significance to Australian’s with Greek heritage, but all of us should be deeply edified and entertained by this deeply affecting window into the migrant experience.’ – The Age