The Hate Race to premiere at Malthouse Theatre this February

Malthouse Theatre The Hate Race Zahra Newman photo by Tiffany GarvieInspired by the best-selling, award-winning memoir by Caribbean-Australian writer Maxine Beneba Clarke, The Hate Race is an unflinching exploration of the complexities of race in Australia, and the universal search for belonging.

Making its theatrical premiere on the Malthouse stage this February, this powerful story stars Zahra Newman (Wake In Fright), accompanied by multidisciplinary performer and musician Kuda Mapeza, who embodies all characters from the book with astonishing honesty and theatricality.

The Hate Race follows Maxine’s childhood in Sydney’s western suburbs, as she navigates the sting of otherness. From everyday street encounters to schoolyard battles, Maxine’s story exposes the realities of growing up the child of Black migrants in a predominantly white society.

This inventive re-imagining, filled with poetry, music and beats, invites audiences to experience Maxine’s world -exposing biases, challenging societal norms, and asking us to foster empathy and understanding as we seek an inclusive future.

The Hate Race is more than a theatrical experience – it is a call to action. This is how we change.

Co-Directors: Tariro Mavondo, Courtney Stewart | Featuring: Zahra Newman, Kuda Mapeza | Set & Costume Designer: Zoe Rouse | Lighting Designer: Rachel Lee | Composer & Sound Designer: Dan West | Dramaturg: Declan Greene | Stage Manager: Jess Keepence | Community Engagement Lead: Amarantha Robinson | Writer: Maxine Beneba Clarke

The Hate Race
Beckett Theatre – Malthouse Theatre, 113 Sturt Street, Southbank
Season: 28 February – 17 March 2024 (previews: 23 – 27 February)
Information and Bookings:

Image: Zahra Newman – photo by Tiffany Garvie