Laura Jackson & Mina Asfour star in The Culture (Supplied)
Laura Jackson & Mina Asfour star in The Culture (Supplied)
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After a successful debut run in New York, Sydney-based theatre company, Powersuit Productions is bringing their brand-new Australian work The Culture home this year, to tour across Australia and New Zealand.

Upcoming playwright, Laura Jackson has penned a touching and relevant two-hander play called The Culture. The play is a story about deep and enduring friendship, and the pitfalls… and sometimes dangers of finding love in a modern world.

Set in Sydney Australia, the play follows the story of best friends Katie and Will, played by Laura Jackson and Mina Asfour, who are roommates, childhood friends, podcast hosts and very single. The Culture tackles their search for romantic love and demonstrates that sometimes even those with the strongest convictions can lose themselves easily in complex new relationships.


Their two very different experiences as a gay man and a straight white woman take them through falling in love, the complexities of handling domestic violence with a loved one and ultimately test their friendship. The warmth and intimate banter between two best friends welcome audiences into Will and Katie’s living room and into an important wider conversation.

“Will and Katie are inseparable, Or so they thought,” Jackson said,

“When Katie draws away from Will, caught in the web of a toxic relationship, Will has to put aside his own hurt and draw on the history and the love between them to bring her safely home.

“We’re not afraid to tackle some tough issues including domestic violence, homophobia, and disordered eating, but at its heart, this is a story about friendship. About support. About looking out for the people we love.

“We’re also addressing important themes with a light touch. Expect lots of laughs, a few surprises, and an ending that packs a punch.”

The Culture Wellington

Critically acclaimed in New York, the production was praised for being “A spunky, fast-talking, take no prisoners twosome…Wonderful, timely, and poignant.” (The Front Row Centre, NYC)

The tour will begin at the New Zealand Fringe Festival in Wellington from February 28 to March 4 and then continue back on home ground in Australia as part of Holden Street Theatres’ curated Adelaide Fringe Festival season. Hobart, Sydney and Melbourne dates have also been announced, with the production suggesting more dates will be released for late 2023 and 2024 in due course.

True to Powersuit Productions’ mission, The Culture features an exciting and strong lineup of female-identifying creatives at the helm of this production, including Jackson, Carly Fisher as Creative Producer and Tour Director, Natalie Low as Stage Manager, Capri Harris as Lighting Designer, Charlotte Leamon as Sound Designer and Catherine Fargher as Dramaturg.

For more information go here.


Last Updated on Feb 7, 2023

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