By Lally Katz. New Theatre, Newtown, NSW. September 8 – October 3, 2020.
This revival of Lally Katz’ 2011 hit was snatched from the New Theatre stage by COVID just before its opening night in March. Now the plucky theatre – with strict protocols and distancing – has thankfully reopened its doors, and this play, with a different director, designer and some cast changes.
Neighbourhood Watch is a deceptively difficult darkish comedy, telling in cinematically short scenes and flashes, an Australian neighbourhood story of inter-generational friendship, as historic griefs are reforged into new hopes.