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 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 sacri ce. Their tales are gloriously supplemented by erce, yearning, passionate rebetika: urban folk songs that grew into a distinctive popular form in the 60s.
Following a sold-out, critically-acclaimed 2016 season at forty vedownstairs, Taxithi – An Australian Odyssey makes a welcome return season to the Alexander Theatre, once again showcasing the unforgettable talents of singer/writer Yotis Patterson, acclaimed young screen and stage actor Artemis Ioannides and music-theatre legend Maria Mercedes.