Astroman Tracing a year in the life of 13year-old Aboriginal boy Jiembra Djalu, Astroman is a whimsical, satirical and optimistic new work concerned with the capacity of the human spirit to overcome adversity, prejudice and habit. Crafted by Maori playwright Albert Belz, the play began life as a tale set in coastal New Zealand. After a stint in Australia, Belz relocated his drama to a 1980s workingclass enclave in Geelong, his characters inhabiting an archetypal Struggle Street, living on racial and socioeconomic margins, and looking for opportunity in the cracks. For this Melbourne Theatre Company production, director Sarah Goodes employs Niklas Pajanti’s pulsing lighting design and Jethro Woodward’s upbeat soundtrack of electronic gaming noises and period songs in energetic scene splices and tongue-in-cheek choreographic montages.
Arts Centre Melbourne. Fairfax Studio, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne. Tonight, 8pm. Tickets: $65-$84. Inquiries: 1300 182 183 or online. Until December 8. Duration: 2hr 20min, including 20min interval.