The Tribe

Urban Theatre Projects


The SUBSTATION would like to get to know our neighbours and what better way than presenting the play THE TRIBE in the homes of Newport residents.

Whether big or small, long or skinny, grass or concrete, we’d love to hear from you. Rest assured, your yard won’t be harmed and we’ll even pay you for it.

Expressions of Interest close Wednesday 8 March 2017.

For more information visit or contact Kali Michailidis, General Manager (03) 9391 1110, manager (@)


After sell-out seasons at Sydney Festival and Belvoir St Theatre, URBAN THEATRE PROJECTS’ THE TRIBE comes to The SUBSTATION.

Performed by HAZEM SHAMMAS, THE TRIBE is a story of belonging and family, told by the small boy, Bani. At the heart of THE TRIBE is Bani’s love for his Tayta, his grandmother and core presence in his life, who carries all the truths of ‘The Tribe’ – a small Muslim sect who fled to Australia from Lebanon.

Taking place in a Newport backyard, performed alongside cellist and composer OONAGH SHERRARD, SHAMMAS’s Bani is like a visionary child channeling a Bedouin storyteller. Based on MICHAEL MOHAMMED AHMAD’s award-winning novel, THE TRIBE is an open invitation to listen to an Arab-Australian story from our backyard, in our backyards.

Adapted by Michael Mohammed Ahmad and Janice Muller.
Based on the novel by Michael Mohammed Ahmad.

Director: Janice Muller
Performer: Hazem Shammas
Composer and Performer: Oonagh Sherrard
Production Manager: Frank Mainoo
Producer: Urban Theatre Projects

Presented by The SUBSTATION and Urban Theatre Projects.

Supported by:
Australia Council of Arts Hobsons Bay City Council
Image credit: Catherine Cranston
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