Inspired by the best-selling, award-winning memoir by Caribbean-Australian writer Maxine Beneba Clarke, The Hate Race is an unflinching exploration of the complexities of race in Australia, and the universal search for belonging. Making its theatrical premiere on the Malthouse stage, this powerful story stars Zahra Newman (Wake In Fright), who embodies all characters from the book with astonishing honesty and theatricality.
The Hate Race follows Maxine’s childhood in Sydney’s western suburbs, as she navigates the sting of otherness. From everyday street encounters to schoolyard battles, Maxine’s story exposes the realities of growing up the child of Black migrants in a predominantly white society. This inventive re-imagining, filled with poetry, music and beats, invites audiences to experience Maxine’s world —exposing biases, challenging societal norms, and asking us to foster empathy and understanding as we seek an inclusive future.
The Hate Race is more than a theatrical experience—it is a call to action. This is how we change.
February 23rd, 2024
March 17th, 2024
Ground floor of The Malthouse is accessible by wheelchair (enter via the ramp near the Box Office). The Merlyn and Beckett Theatre, MALT Kitchen & Pantry, Box Office, Bar and bathrooms are all located on the ground floor.
GETTING TO THE VENUE The historic Malthouse Theatre is located in the heart of the Melbourne Arts Precinct at 113 Sturt Street, Southbank.
BY TRAM: The No. 1 South Melbourne tram goes right past our door. Get off at Stop 18. Any tram down St Kilda Road—jump off at Grant Street, Stop 17 and take a 3-minute walk.
BY TRAIN: Any train to Flinders Street, then a 12-minute stroll through Melbourne’s sparkling Arts Precinct.
BY BIKE: Secure your bike to one of the many racks outside the foyer.
BY CAR: Limited on-street parking is available on Grant Street, Sturt Street and Dodds Streets. Two disabled parking spaces are just outside The Malthouse entrance on Sturt Street.
"Powerful, poetic, melodic & masterful; it's a hugely important read for people the world over" - The Literary Edit (for "The Hate Race" memoir)
"There is a tendency to talk about a young author such as Clarke as a 'writer to watch' with the expectation that she may, one day, achieve the extrodinary. With THE HATE RACE, she already has" - The Australian (for "The Hate Race" memoir)
"THE HATE RACE has a heft to it that is at once steeped in history, and also exquisitely and playfully modern; it is lyrical, sincere and ironic, but above all, it is fierce" - Books + Publishing (for "The Hate Race" memoir)
Writer: Maxine Beneba Clarke
Co-Directors: Tariro Mavondo and Courtney Stewart
Dramaturg: Declan Greene
Cast: _Zahra Newman and __Kudakwashe Mapeza__CAST:
Set & Costume Designer: Zoe Rouse
lighting Designer: Rachel Lee
Composer & Sound Designer: Dan West
The Hate Race is at Melbourne's Beckett Theatre - Malthouse Theatre.
The Hate Race tickets start at $75.
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