Northbridge: Blue Room Theatre hosting Banned play

Perth playwright Barbara Hostalek.
Perth playwright Barbara Hostalek.

EVERY time Perth playwright Barbara Hostalek watches her latest production unfold on stage, she comes away questioning her own actions.

That’s the power of Banned: a play about race, culture and footy.

“As all human beings, we should always be mindful of our own behaviour and how it impacts on others,” Hostalek said.

“I’m not preaching to people; I’m giving them something to think about.

“The play still moves me every time I see it and I think: ‘How do we forgive when we’ve had adverse situations occur to us?”

Holstalek wrote the script – her first produced work, premiering at this year’s Fringe World – in 2016 through the Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company writing group.

“Two women are in conflict with each other from different backgrounds – social class, culture and financial status – but they are both mothers,” she said.

“Both are at the football and both are part of a very awful event and now they have agreed to come together and try and work through a conflict through mediation.

“I looked at how two people can come together and discuss things that matter to them – it’s very important that people who have different points of view are heard but then how they behave in that scenario is also important.”

Holstalek said that on a broader level, the play also looked at reconciling ills that have happened in the past and the difficulties of ‘burying the hatchet’.

“I hope people come away feeling inspired; they can laugh, they can cry, and they can feel empowered to start thinking about their own process of change,” she said.

THE ESSENTIALS

What: Banned
Where: The Blue Room Theatre, Northbridge
When: July 3-14
Tickets: blueroom.org.au