Theatre Works Program



Date: 07 May 2013 - 26 May 2013
Time: Tues-Sat at 8:00pm, Wed 1:00pm, Sun 5:00pm, Sat 25 May 2:00pm
Price: $45 full / $35 conc & under 30 / $40 Groups 10+ [plus booking fee]


After 8 standing ovations and selling out almost every show of the recent Melbourne Festival season at Arts Centre, Melbourne, we are thrilled to announce NILAJA SUN’s return to Melbourne for a limited season at Theatre Works, St Kilda between 7-19 May 2013. 

'She is electrifying. Watching her with nothing but her own talent performing and her own words on a nearly empty stage will very possibly turn out to be one of the great pleasures of this year's Melbourne Festival. No Child... is in a class of its own.'

* * * * * Herald Sun

'It is theatre in its purest form, delivered with passion, intelligence and integrity.' * * * * * Australian Stage

'It illustrates the power of theatre'  * * * * 1/2 Arts Hub

“NILAJA Sun's astonishing one-woman show bores under the skin of America's public education system.”  * * * * The Age

Read the fabulous reviews of the Melbourne Festival season here

 A master-class in performance, this show will sell out! 

After eight years of teaching in some of New York's toughest schools, Nilaja Sun decided to turn her experience to creating No Child..., a mesmerising solo show that, with pep and humour, depicts the battle-ground that US public education has become.

The story of a newly employed drama teacher, struggling to teach students who don't expect much more than to drop out, get pregnant or go to jail, No Child... has blazed its way across stages in the US and Europe, flooring audiences and critics with its honesty and energy, and igniting debate with its searing portrayal of a public school system in crisis.

Nilaja Sun is a revelation: displaying uncanny comic timing and a prodigious ear for mimicry, she switches with ease between an impressive array of characters – teachers, parents, security guards, administrators and students – sketching out a quirky and dysfunctional high school ecosystem.

A brilliant revelation of the disparities that lie at the heart of America, No Child... is an incisive portrait of a broken system and a rallying cry on behalf of an entire generation.

No Child… received its World Premiere by Epic Theatre Center, New York, NY in May 2006. Originally produced Off-Broadway in New York at the Barrow Street Theatre by Scott Morfee and Tom Wirtshafter. Permission for use of Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker was granted by the Estate of Thomas Keneally and Timberlake Wertenbaker. First presented at the Royal Court Theatre, London on September 10, 1988

Written and performed by Nilaja Sun
Directed by Hal Brooks

Duration: 1hr 5min no interval

Warnings: Not appropriate for children under the age of 12 due to strong language

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