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Biography

ALEX BUZO (1944–2006) was born in Sydney and educated at the University of NSW. In the late 1960s his early plays Norm and Ahmed, Rooted and The Front Room Boys pioneered a revival of Australian theatre. Macquarie and other historical plays such as Big River and Pacific Union have helped to popularise the themes of individual and national maturity. Buzo's books Tautology, The Longest Game, The Young Person's Guide to the Theatre and A Dictionary of the Almost Obvious confirm his reputation as an important recorder of modern idiom.

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Macquarie
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Macquarie

Alex Buzo
 
Macquarie traces the decline of Governor Lachlan Macquarie’s authority in the infant colony of New South Wales between the years 1810 and 1822, and draws parallels with the fate of a liberal conscience in modern Australian politics.

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Cast : 7M, 3F
Performance Rights : http://alexbuzo.com.au/
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-356-4 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Makassar Reef
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Makassar Reef

Alex Buzo
 

East meets west in this subtle romantic comedy when a handful of tourists and adventurers converge on the ruins of an old Indonesian port. Buzo moves away from satire to examine at a deeper level the ennui and alienation behind the laughter.

Includes an authoritative introduction by Frank Palmos, an Indonesian correspondent and interpreter for the president during the Sukarno era.

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Cast : 5M, 3F
Performance Rights : http://alexbuzo.com.au/
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-021-1 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Norm and Ahmed
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Norm and Ahmed

Alex Buzo
 
‘Buzo has something real and immediate to say about Australian attitudes. He makes the audience uneasy about the unperceptiveness of an “average” Aussie confronted by a well-mannered, educated Pakistani student. Norm parades many of the proper, accepted attitudes which […] are shot through the fabric of the Australian character.’
Griffen Foley, Daily Telegraph, 10 April 1968

Written and performed in 1968, Norm and Ahmed was Alex Buzo’s first performed play. It gained immediate notice, both for Norm’s spectacular language and for the character of Ahmed, one of the first South Asian characters to feature in contemporary Australian theatre. Still alarmingly relevant in the twenty-first century, Norm and Ahmed has earned its place as a classic of Australian theatre due to its timeless themes and the heightened language, performance style and concern with the behaviour of Australians, its origins and causes that characterised the New Wave.

Features a critical response to Norm and Ahmed by Stephen Sewell, produced by Currency Press for its Cue the Chorus series.



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Cast : 2M
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-528-8 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Pacific Union
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Pacific Union

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Alex Buzo
 
The forging of the United Nations Charter in San Francisco, and the impact of one Australian whose influence helped to change the face of history.

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Cast : 5M, 1F
Performance Rights : http://alexbuzo.com.au/
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-437-0 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB