Set play

Banned, a play about race, cul­ture and foot­ball, is sure to leave au­di­ences with plenty of ques­tions.

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Sara Fitz­patrick

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?’.”

Hostalek 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 is also im­por­tant.”

Hostalek said 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.

Banned play­wright Bar­bara Hostalek wants peo­ple to come away from her play feel­ing in­spired to make changes.

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