Play confronts brutality

Local talent: Liverpool writer Luke Carman takes on the role of an Australian bogan in a play that will feature this weekend as part of the annual Sydney Writers' Festival.

Local talent: Liverpool writer Luke Carman takes on the role of an Australian bogan in a play that will feature this weekend as part of the annual Sydney Writers' Festival.

LIVERPOOL writer Luke Carman will star in a play of his own creation called #Three Jerks as part of the annual Sydney Writers' Festival.

The performance, one of the festival's premier events, will be held on Saturday at Wharf Theatre 2, Walsh Bay.

Mr Carman wrote the piece with two other western Sydney writers.

"We went to All Saints Boys College together back in 2000," Mr Carman said.

"And we decided we wanted to set the stories of three young men in western Sydney at the time when the western Sydney Skaf gang rape was prominent.

"We then looked at the crime and how it impacted Australia — and to an extent every young man in Australia."

Mr Carman said each of the writers had grown to become different people since their school years.

"We were all young when it happened and we didn't really understand the implications at the time.

"A lot of your identity is inscribed on you by where you come from. And those gangs were one of the factors that described western Sydney.

"The crimes were part of Australian society, and they should be accepted, not ignored."

Mr Carman said #Three Jerks was "not for the faint-hearted".

"It is a serious show with serious issues but it is not totally dark," he said.

"It is exciting to be apart of the Sydney Writers' Festival. We will perform the play again at the Emerging Writers' Festival in Melbourne.

"I am certain there will be a very different reaction."

The play was produced by Western Sydney literacy organisation SWEATSHOP.

Details: sweatshop.ws.

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