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The hitchhikers from hell ... Neil Phipps as Parcha, and Mairead Berne as Dzina.

POSTED: 19 JUNE 2010

The hitchhikers from hell return to Newtown*

Focus Theatre will reprise its acclaimed production of Dorota Maslowska’s A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians with a season at Newtown Theatre from 13 July to 7 August.

The company produced the Australian premiere of the play as part of New Theatre’s annual New Directions last year. Alice Livingstone continues as director, and the cast is essentially the same.

Dzina and Parcha are the hitchhikers from hell. She’s a pregnant, glue-sniffing wacko. He’s an intimidating motor-mouthed hoon. But all is not as it first seems. A humorous and scathing critique of social class and national identity, this hilarious play follows two drug-fuelled partygoers who pose as gypsies and lose themselves on a bizarre and intense journey through modern Poland.

Dorota Maslowska is acknowledged as heralding a new generation of Polish writers. Her first novel, White and Red, was awarded the prestigious Polityka Passport prize and her second novel, The Queen’s Peacock, won Poland’s top literary award, the NIKE.

In her debut play, Maslowska plunges into the dysfunctional chaos of a society paralysed by fear to illuminate the dangers of being different. By turns rude, violent, gobsmackingly funny and strangely poetic, it's Hunter S Thompson meets the Sex Pistols on a fast-paced road trip to the darkest reaches of your worst nightmare.

Following the sold-out season of Bent for B Sharp during Mardi Gras this year, A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians promises to be another exciting and memorable production from Focus Theatre, one of the leading companies on the Sydney independent scene.

READ REVIEW (based on last year's production at New Theatre, Newtown).

*Based on a media release issued by Focus Theatre.

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