Australian Theatre Live Presents
An Ensemble Theatre Company Production

Liberty Equality Fraternity

Orlagh O’Connor has never considered herself a threat to national security. So why is she under surveillance and being interrogated? Is it a case of mistaken identity? Or does the odd young man interviewing her actually have a case?


Written by Geoffrey Atherden (Mother and Son), Liberty Equality Fraternity is a laugh-out-loud parody of our surveillance society, produced by Sydney’s famous Ensemble Theatre.

What Geoffrey does so cleverly is put Australian culture and politics under the microscope – but of course he does this in a very comedic way.

Liberty Equality Fraternity features Geoffrey’s gift for characterisation, and his excellent cast Caroline Brazier (Rake), Andrew Ryan (INXS: Never Tear Us Apart) and Helmut Bakaitis (The Matrix), play it with style and humour.

Geoffrey’s script highlights the fine line between our impulse to share information with the social media world (Facebook, etc), and our right to privacy.

It tests our complacency about intelligence gathering, access to personal information and the government’s ‘Right to Know’.

It’s the kind of show that’s going to leave people buzzing in the foyer, talking about all the different issues in the play for a long time afterwards. – Shannon Murphy (Director).


Playwright  Geoffrey Atherden

Director Shannon Murphy

Cast Caroline Brazier, Andrew Ryan and Helmut Bakaitis

Designer Michael Hankin

Lighting Designer Verity Hampson

Sound Designer Stephen Toulmin

Photography Heidrun Lohr


Liberty Equality Fraternity highlights Geoffrey Atherden’s gift for characterisation… very funny

Sydney Arts Guide

Excellent… a night in the theatre that stirs and provokes.

Sydney Arts Guide

The dialogue sizzles with lots of laugh-aloud moments.

The Daily Telegraph

Hooray for funny, literate, Australian drama with something important on its mind.

Stage Whispers

You’ll be amazed and highly amused by the play… delighted by the performances

Diana Simmonds, Stage Noise

Skilfully raises serious questions without missing the opportunities for big belly laughs… funny, surprising and thought-provoking

Time Out

Geoffrey Atherden’s Kafka-esque comedy jacks neatly in to our anxieties regarding online privacy and the collection of personal data. A humourous reminder that in any revolution heads roll

Jason Blake, SMH

Author Geoffrey Atherden should be proud of this effort, which uses generous serves of humour in order to sweeten the bitter reality the play explores

Hannah Chapman, Alternative Media Group