Extracted from Norm & Ahmed and Other Plays by Alex Buzo
Norm & Ahmed is a midnight conversation between a Pakistani student and a cliche-familiar Australian workman; and what emerges not only confronts us with how little Norm and his fellow Australians understand about Asians but with how close Australia is to its near north. Both Norm and Ahmed, says Buzo perceptively, are aliens in the same country.
Norm & Ahmed was first produced in Malaysia by The Actors Studio in 1989, its very first production. It was directed by Joe Hasham and executive- produced by Faridah Merican. Norm was played by Joe Hasham and Ahmed was played by Mustafa Noor.
The 2019 production is part of The Actors Studio’s 30th anniversary. It will again be directed by Joe Hasham and executive-produced by Faridah Merican. Norm will be played by Australian actor, Kingsley Judd, and Ahmed will be played by Phraveen Arikiah.
In keeping with the theme of Norm & Ahmed which is racism, the evening in klpac will begin with a selection of poetry and song featuring Amelia Tan, Ian Chow, Omar Ali, Mark Beau de Silva, Sandra Sodhy, Sheena B, Sukania Venugopal, and Dr. Wan Zawawi.
**Disclaimer** show contains mature content and actors will be smoking on stage.