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Counting and Cracking

Author(s): S. Shakthidharan with Eamon Flack
Company: Birmingham 2022 Festival

On the banks of a suburban Sydney river, Radha and her son Siddhartha release the ashes of Radha’s mother—their final connection to the past, to Sri Lanka and its struggles. Now they are free to embrace their lives in Australia. But a phone call from Colombo brings the past spinning back to life.

Featuring a cast of 19 performers from six different countries, Counting and Cracking follows the journey of one Sri Lankan Australian family over four generations, from 1956 to 2004, as well as the tale of two countries: Sri Lanka post-independence and Australia as an immigrant nation.