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Real life inspires new play

Chloe and Hassan are under suspicion for stealing money while feeding the class Axolotl.

Sent outside to work out who’s responsible, the unlikely pair find they have something in common.

Each of them has been forced by their parents to leave their retrospective homes and face life as the new kid at school.

As their personal histories are revealed, Chloe hears the incredible first-hand account of an Afghan boy who’s travelled alone, thousands of kilometres across land and seas, for a better life.

Is the discovery of Hassan’s backstory enough o save him from Chloe’s desire to protect her position in her new-found friendship group?

Based on the real-life testimonies of refugees, Amphibian sees past, present and dream collide in an epic story of displacement, loss and adapting to different worlds.

Arts Margaret River General Manager Michelle Wright said she hoped the play would help start difficult but important conversations about the global refugee crisis.

“This is such an important topic and Windmill Theater have produced a wonderfully entertaining, insightful and thought-provoking play that everyone can relate to,” Ms Wright said.

“In addition to the two live performances, the show is also supported by school workshops and a comprehensive study guide including an interactive digital experience, Across Land and See: Muzafar’s True Story.

“It allows audiences and student to explore the real-life story that inspired Amphibian, to follow culture consultant Muzafar Ali as he leaves his home in Afghanistan and makes his way across land and sea to Australia, through video interviews and photos from his life.”

Amphibian is on at Margaret River HEART on Thursday 5 August (7pm) and Friday 6 August (10:30am school show).

Tickets: $25 adults, $20 ArtsMR member, $12 youth, $65 family.  Recommended for ages 12+.

Book at, call 9758 7316 or visit the Arts Margaret River Office at the Community Centre, Tunbrudge Street (open Monday to Friday 10am-4pm).