Helen Machalias – This Rough Magic

World Premiere – A Street Produced Professional Theatre Production
The Street Theatre, Canberra
Friday 10 – Saturday 11 November, 7:30pm
Wednesday 15 November, 6:30pm
Thursday 16 – Saturday 18 November, 7:30pm
Sunday 19 November, 4pm
2h 20min including interval

Helen Machalias draws on Shakespeare’s The Tempest in this work about survival and the cost of pursuing the promise of a better life. Refugees Prospero, Miranda and Ariel are washed ashore on Christmas Island seeking asylum in Australia.

Reza Momenzada and George Kanaan talk to Barbie about This Rough Magic

This play is described as ‘a powerful epic where “brave new world” poetry collides with “stop the boats” rhetoric and interpolations of Persian poetry, philosophy and storytelling.’ It aims to  to present a radically different representation of offshore detention.

Director Beng Oh creates a spectacle an island of strange sounds and sights, characters, and relationships. 


Reza Momenzada , George Kanaan, Lainie Hart, Andre Le, Kaitlin Nihill


  • Direction: Beng Oh
  • Dramaturg: Dr Rebecca Clode & Granaz Moussavi
  • Design: Imogen Keen
  • Lighting Design: Gerry Corcoran
  • Sound Design: Kyle Sheedy

All ticketholders will receive a copy of the Currency Press script and program 

Tickets $35 to $49