The photo above is part of Australia's gift to the French, who might take the imported production at a glance to be reassuring confirmation that
The unlikely storyline in Ganesh Versus the Third Reich originated with two actors who have since left the company. One was obsessed with the elephant-headed god; the other transformed herself into a neo-Nazi during a rehearsal...Uplifting stuff, eh! Just the shot to place Australia at the cutting edge of intellectually disabled theatre. Reassuring as well is that luvvie tastes in Australia run very much along the same lines as in other advanced western nations with well-funded arts programs and those who love them. No need whatsoever for that rotten old cringe!
...Three years of improvisation, research, discussion and imaginings resulted in a chimerical narrative about the Hindu deity travelling to Germany to reclaim the swastika, an ancient Sanskrit symbol, from the Nazis.
‘We sat on that storyline for about a year, thinking there is no way that a small theatre company from Geelong made up of six actors with intellectual disabilities can re-write European history, touch on issues such as the Holocaust, the T4 program, represent a Hindu god on stage or a Jew on the run,’ Nash says.
And for just $3 million worth of grants since 2008, a bargain to boot.