The Tribe

An Urban Theatre Projects production

Adapted by Michael Mohammed Ahmad & Janice Muller
Based on the novel by Michael Mohammed Ahmad
Director Janice Muller
Composer Oonagh Sherrard

Hazem Shammas
Oonagh Sherrard

After seeing its acclaimed debut season at Sydney Festival, we were keen to bring Urban Theatre ProjectsThe Tribe from the streets of Sydney’s west into our own backyard in Surry Hills. Not figuratively either: it actually is a show for the intimacy of the humble back garden, and that’s where we’ll present it – in an assortment of Surry Hills backyards.

Performed by the inimitable Hazem Shammas (Mother Courage and Her Children, Scorched), this is a story of belonging, told by Bani as a small boy finding his way in a young country by recounting tales of an old country – and at the heart of it all, his love for his grandmother. She’s the core presence in Bani’s life, carrying all the truths of ‘The Tribe’ – a small Muslim sect who fled to Australia from Lebanon. Hazem’s Bani is like a visionary child channelling a Bedouin storyteller – all amongst the Hills Hoists, paling fences, frangipani and jasmine of the Sydney yard.

The Tribe is my attempt to counteract the limited and simplistic representation that the Arab-Australian Muslim community of Western Sydney has received to date, and to offer a broader, more intimate understanding,’ said writer Michael Mohammed Ahmad. ‘It is also an act of self-determination – a declaration of the right to reclaim and tell our own stories in our own way.’

In this beautiful production, Ahmad’s novella becomes an open invitation – to listen to an Arab-Australian story from our backyard, in our backyards. A very special event.

Notes for Editors

Access Information
We ask that patrons with access issues please speak to our Box Office staff when booking and we’ll make sure they’re accommodated.

Awards for The Tribe novella
Michael Mohammed Ahmad was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s 2015 Best Young Novelists. His novella The Tribe was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Award 2015 (UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing) and the Readings New Australian Writing Award 2014. It was also nominated for the 2015 Voss Literary Prize.

19 January – 7 February 2016
7.30pm Tuesday 19 January
Opening Night
7.30pm Wednesday 20 January
Tuesday – Thursday 7.30pm, Friday & Saturday 7pm & 8.30pm, Sunday 7pm
Full $48, Seniors/Industry/Group $42, Concession $38,
Previews $30, 30 Down $32, Student Saver $25
* Ticket prices can be dynamically adjusted, either up or down, based on real-time market demand, and without notice.
Backyards in Surry Hills
Meet at Belvoir St Theatre
25 Belvoir St, Surry Hills
Box Office
02 9699 3444

Image Gallery

Production images from 2015 season by Catherine Cranstondownload


Contact Details

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