A Counting & Cracking

Theatre, Ongoing, S. Shakthidharan

A Counting and Cracking is a play following the uprooting and resettling of a family over four generations from Sri Lanka to Australia. Through their journey, we see a Sri Lanka riven by, but by no means surrendering to, violent divisions – and an Australia transforming of, but also transformed by, the people that flee to its shores.

This is a stylised, epic drama about love, violence, silence and hope in families – all from the perspective of the insiders.

In presenting the vastly different worlds of Sri Lanka in the mid-late 20th century and Australia in the early 21st century, A Counting and Cracking ultimately shows how much we have in common – between generations, countries and ourselves – and the surprising consequences that flow from that.

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A Counting and Cracking has been in development with Carriageworks, the Melbourne Theatre Company and Sydney theatre company Belvoir. Work continues towards a premiere at Belvoir. Stay in touch for updates.

The play will form part of our Colony body of work – a universe of interconnected stories that span pre-colonial times to the 22nd century.

Writer/Co-Director: S. Shakthidharan; Director Eamon Flack

The development of this project is being assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and the NSW Government through Arts NSW. Script and music development of this project was assisted by a residency at Bundanon Trust.