Event Adios Cha Cha
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Venue Chullora Elcar Branch, NSW State Railway, Chullora, NSW
First Date 18 June 1985
Dates Estimated No
Status Professional
World Premiere No
Part of a Tour Yes
Description "Adios Cha Cha is billed as 'a show of strength' and indeed it is. It explores the processes that lie behind the struggle for liberation of an imaginary country still dominated by the icons of Christianity, exploited by a landed elite and suppressed by a military regime hostile to its own people. The real strength of this production lies in its thoughtful, compassionate and clear sighted representations of 'the people', invariably the oppressed peasants, men, women and children who live in misery, ignorant of the political and economic processes they serve and fearful of undertaking any action to radically change the iniquitous social order.... The play abounds in beautifully wrought, economical scenes, sometimes poignant, sometimes terrifying, hilariously ironic and vibrantly funny. The structure of the play, the writing, the music and the devastating performances from every member of the cast combine to present a compelling portrait of humanity, ennobled by optimism and hope."

Third World, oppression, social justice, liberation theology, revolution, education
Description Source Reviewer's Opinion
Primary Genre Theatre - Spoken Word
Secondary Genre Play with Music
Subjects Colonisation
Human Rights
South America
Name Function Notes
Don Mamouney Director
Tom Burvill Dramaturg
Hernan Flores Musician
Gabriela Cabral Performer
Helen Dallas Performer
Adam Hatzimanolis Performer
Robin Laurie Performer
Tom Lycos Performer
Jai McHenry Performer
Stefo Nantsou Performer
Silvio Ofria Performer
Hernan Flores Singer
Text Nationality Australia
Production Nationality Australia
Further Information The play was collectively written by the actors, director and dramaturg. Adios Cha Cha was performed in theatre and community venues from April 1985 until mid 1986.
Data Source
Source Description
Programme Records held in Sidetrack Performance Group Archive
Sidetrack Archive Box 19
Event Identifier 73501