Give more children access to the performing arts.

Performance dates & times

Thursday 15 Aug
1:00 PM

Running Time 65 minutes (no interval) plus 15 minute post-show Q&A with Omar Musa.

Price range

Per student

One teacher for every 10 students will be admitted free of charge.

To apply for a First Call Fund subsidy for this program, click here.

SUITABILITY: Years 9 - 12

Rapper, poet and award-winning author Omar Musa brings his electrifying show Since Ali Died to Melbourne.

Written and performed by Australia’s powerhouse spoken word poet Omar Musa, Since Ali Died is a triumphant and politically-charged work of storytelling, rap and song.

Using the death of his hero Muhammad Ali as a lyrical springboard, Musa dives into a furious torrent of poetry, story and song, confronting everything from suburban violence to lost love to his Malaysian heritage and the dark realities of growing up as a brown-skinned Muslim boy in Queanbeyan, Australia.

Omar Musa, a Malaysian-Australian rapper, poet and author from Queanbeyan, is one of Australia’s most important young voices. In his writing and music, he confronts the dark realities of Australian history and culture.

This important work from Griffin Theatre Company is a highlight of Arts Centre Melbourne’s 2019 Big World Up Close performance series.

Classroom Connections

Curriculum Links

Learning Areas Capabilities
The Arts Critical and Creative Thinking
English Intercultural
The Humanities Personal and Social
Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
Theatre Studies
English and English as an Additional Language
Extended Investigation

Themes and Ideas

  • Identity
  • Culture
  • Race
  • Masculinity
  • Culture
  • Family
  • Grief
  • Performance / Slam Poetry
  • Spoken Word and Rap
  • Storytelling

Teaching Resources

Coming soon!

Hiphop in the Classroom with Omar Musa

If you are a teacher, you might like to attend this professional learning event.


Anthea Williams
Written and performed by
Omar Musa
Guest Performer
Sarah Corry
Photography - Hero Image by
David Charles Collins
Photography - Production Images by
Robert Catto

  • Griffin Theatre Company

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