Norm and Ahmed
Norm and Ahmed is a 1968 Australian play by Alex Buzo.
|Norm and Ahmed|
|Written by||Alex Buzo|
|Place premiered||Old Tote Theatre, Sydney|
A middle aged war veteran, Norm, has an encounter with a Pakistani student Ahmed, at a bus stop one night.
In April 1969 the play was performed at the Twelfth Night Theatre in Brisbane, using the writer's original line. After one performance, two policemen arrested Norman Staines, the actor who said the line, on a charge of using obscene language in public. Staines was set free on bail and continued to use the line. After a series of trials which went all the way to the High Court, the conviction was quashed.
The play was adapted as a short feature in 1988 with Max Cullen as Norm and Alex Pinder as Ahmed.
- Norm and Ahmed at AusStage
- Teachers notes on the play
- Norm and Ahmed at Alex Buzo
- "Playing the 20th century – episode five: Norm and Ahmed", Radio National 16 January 2011