National Interest

Date(s) - 16 May 2012
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of Western Australia

Captioned Performance:  Wednesday, May 16th 2012 at 7.30pm

Tony Stewart was just 21 when he was killed in Balibo in October 1975. 32 years after Tony and his television news crew were murdered, the ghosts of the past are awakened again. For Tony’s mother June, these ghosts are real, as tangible as her daughter Jane standing in the kitchen with her.

What was a shrewd move in the international power-play of 1975 left a gaping void for each family touched by the tragedy. The coronial inquest into Tony’s death seems too little, too late. His murder, along with those of his colleagues at the hand of the Indonesian military, was officially covered up, but everyone knew the truth. What’s the point of an inquest now? Can the truth heal decade-old pain?

The fate of the Balibo Five shocked Australia in 1975 and the issues still reverberate today. National Interest personalises the headlines with a true story of a family still in the grip of grief.

“Balibo is a word and an issue that just won’t go away.” Sydney Morning Herald

“Aidan’s personal connection to this story of international intrigue and domestic tragedy gives an authentic voice to those who survive tragedy but refuse to be defined by it.” Kate Cherry


Cast Includes: Julia Blake, Stuart Halusz

Director: Aidan Fennessy

Designers: Set & Costume Designer Christina Smith, Lighting Designer Trent Suidgeest


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