Sweet, silent Billy (Thomas Pang) feels like an outsider in his own family. Billy, you see, happens to be deaf. Dad (Adrian Pang): first class academic, world class ass; Mum (Sue Tordoff): mystery novelist, clueless about the mystery of her own family; Sis (Frances Lee): up-and-coming opera singer in a downtown pub; and Big Brother (Gavin Yap): speech expert, hears voices in his head… your typical dysfunctional, eccentric tribe of bohemian weirdos.

When Billy falls in love with a real “outsider”, Sylvia (Ethel Yap), his world is turned inside out, and he finally wants to be heard. And what he has to say will ear-shatteringly and heart-breakingly prove that actions really do speak louder than words…

A uniquely humorous and profoundly moving look at the complexities of communicating with the ones you love, Tribes won the 2012 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play

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Written by
Nina Raine

Directed by
Tracie Pang

Adrian Pang
Ethel Yap
Frances Lee
Gavin Yap
Susan Tordoff
and introducing Thomas Pang

Drama Centre Theatre
22 May - 7 Jun 2015

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