We All Know What’s Happening

Welcome to a tropical island full of palm trees, phosphate mines, coconut water and kids. Set against a backdrop of handmade costumes and colonialism, this is an absurd, true story about Leonardo da Vinci, the Pacific, seagull shit and state-sanctioned abuse.

This new work sees Samara Hersch (Sex and Death, META) and Lara Thoms (A Singular Phenomenon, Howl) collaborate with seven young people in Melbourne in response to Australia’s ongoing relationship with Nauru.

Part school musical, part history lesson and part political probe, We All Know What’s Happening sees people too young to vote confront power, complacency, children’s rights and the future.

Creative Team

Original Concept: Samara Hersch

Co-created by: Samara Hersch & Lara Thoms

Performed and created with: Bridie Noonan, Eve Nixon, Allegra Di Lallo, Lazar Feldman, Finn Owen, Tove Due and Venu Elisaia

Sound design and composition: Marco Cher- Gibard

Pianist/Collaborator: Grace Ferguson

Lighting Design: Jen Hector

Design: Romanie Harper with Lara Thoms

Project Co-ordinator & Youth Support: Prue Clark

Stage Manager: Olivia Bishop

Q&A Moderator: Evelyn Tadros

Q&A Panellists: Julian Burnside and Jason Ross alongside Creators and Performers of the show

Supported by: Arts House Culture Lab, Creative Victoria and Save the Children.

“Passionate and political, affecting and entertaining, We All Know What’s Happening throws down the gauntlet to the adults in the audience, confronting and exposing inhumanity through the tragicomic lens of naive art.” Cameron Woodhead, Sydney Morning Herald. 

” Samara Hersch and Lara Thoms have, along with the cast, written a show that demonstrates balance and restraint.” David Collins Arts Review. 

” Samara Hersch and Lara Thoms should be commended for such a brave and unsettling image. ”  Toorak Times.

” A compelling and touching political work.” Julian Burnside AO, QC.