Samara Hersch and Lara Thoms

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, seagull shit, and 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 reveal powerful truths about childhood, human rights, privilege and social change.

Made in collaboration with seven child activists, who perform this deeply affecting theatrical intervention into the Australian zeitgeist, We All Know What’s Happening brings us right up to the present day and into the future. As we move into the final sitting of the current Australian parliament, do not miss this important and timely show for adults and kids alike.

“Passionate and political, affecting and entertaining, We All Know What’s Happening throws down the gauntlet to the adults in the audience” The Age

Winner, Best production, Contemporary and Experimental Performance, 2018 Green Room Awards

This show is for all ages. The performance includes a special section for children aged 12 years and under.

Image: Bryony Jackson

Company/Presenter Profile

Samara Hersch is a theatre maker, director and teaching artist whose practice explores the intersection of contemporary performance and community engagement. She is currently studying her Masters at Das Theatre in Amsterdam. Her current research is an exploration into radical modes of listening and public acts of intimacy, particularly through imagining new performative frames for non- professional performers and audiences to inhabit.

Lara Thoms works as an artist in Field Theory and Aphids. For ten years she has also been a curator and producer for organisations including Dark Mofo, Supplefox, Next Wave and Performance Space. All of her projects sit within the common theme of reconsidering social hierarchies and highlighting the unexpected and being responsive to these sites.

Performance Dates

2pm and 7pm, 9th and 10th February
(1 hour)
Waterside, 11 Nile St, Port Adelaide


$15 – $30.
Kids 12 and under free.

This show is for all ages. The performance includes a special section for children aged 12 years and under.

Creative Team

Co-creators: Samara Hersch and Lara Thoms
Show director: Cassandra Fumi
Sound design and composition: Marco
Pianist/collaborator: Grace Ferguson
Lighting design: Jen Hector
Design: Romanie Harper
Performed and created with: Allegra Di Lallo, Lazar Feldman, Finn Owen, Tove Due, Venu Elisaia, Casper Plum and Theo Boltman
Stage manager: Tennessee Mynott-Rudland

We All Know What’s Happening premiered at Arts House, supported by Creative Victoria and Save the Children.