COLOURFUL SHOW: Bastard Territory will be performed at Ipswich Civic Centre on April 20.
COLOURFUL SHOW: Bastard Territory will be performed at Ipswich Civic Centre on April 20. Contributed

Head back to the 60s with edgy performance

CONFESSIONAL human drama, Bastard Territory, will transport audiences back to the swinging 60s when the show comes to Ipswich later this month.

The theatre performance, written by Brisbane's Stephen Carleton, tells the story of Russell, a carving out an identity and trying to understand his past.

The show is backed by a classic 60s and 70s soundtrack which includes artists like Suzi Quatro, Shirley Bassey and Nana Mouskouri.

"Russell's quest is a personal one to determine his own patrilineal identity, but his journey is a metaphor for the role North Australia has in determining the nation's identity, and Australia's place in this region of the world," writer Stephen Carleton said.

Bastard Territory director Ian Lawson said the show was centred on the themes of family and identity and was expertly woven together with dry wit and an earthy tell-it-like-it-is wisdom.

He said the performance aimed to resonate with audiences on a personal level through Russell's story and on a political level with its look at Australia's history.

"1975 is the pivotal year in which the region shook off the shackles of colonialism, and Australia was required to mature and play an adult role in South-East Asia," he said.

"At once a sweeping family saga and an astute observation of Australia's social-political history, Bastard Territory spans time periods, countries and realities.

"Yet it is grounded in the simple need of a man for answers that make sense of his past, affirm his present and enable a future.

"It makes for theatre that is both intimate and grand. Combining his idiosyncratic and flawed characters, complex plotting and thematic adventure with unapologetically theatrical grandeur, Stephen has created something very special."

Ipswich Civic Centre will present Bastard Territory at Ipswich Civic Centre on Wednesday, April 20 at 7.30pm.

Tickets range from $27-$32.

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