Long-time collaborators Susie Dee and Patricia Cornelius present SHIT, a new play about women and girls who defy gender demarcations and transgress the boundaries and restraints of social order and expectation, at the Southbank Theatre from 26 June 2015.
When a girl spits, or swears, or screams, or shouts, or pulls down her pants to ‘moon’ someone from a car, or she laughs too loudly, or she’s too shrill, or she pulls up her t-shirt and flashes her tits, or she fights, really fights, head butts and with her fists, or she fucks too much or cuts her hair too short, and wears too much lipstick or none at all, or tells everyone she’s got a dick and she’s not a girl at all, all we want to do with this girl is lock her up and throw away the key.
Out of control girls, angry, nasty girls are a sight to behold. They’re terrifying, electrifying, they’re everything girls shouldn’t be, and we hate them. This is a work about these girls. Their names are Billy, Bobby and Sam. There’s not a single moment when the three young women transcend their ugliness. There’s no indication of a better, or in fact any, inner life.
“A team of ten female theatre makers have come together to create a work about women that are rarely seen on the stage,” says Susie Dee and Patricia Cornelius. “We want to empower these women with a vitality and drive and allow them the chance to come back at a world which despises them.”
Susie Dee and Patricia Cornelius have made work together for about 30 years. Susie has directed Patricia’s plays: Max, Taxi, The Berry Man and Savages. They first worked together as actors in Cornelius’ Lilly and May which toured nationally and overseas.
They both come from a very visceral and physical approach to a theatre which is equally rigorous and vital in the language it uses and in what it has to say about the world. NEON 2015 sees Cornelius join D & Associates to present their latest collaboration, SHIT.
Director: Susie Dee Cast: Peta Brady, Sarah Ward, Nicci Wilks Set and Costume Designer: Marg Horwell Lighting Designer: Rachel Burke Sound Designer: Anna Liebzeit Production/Stage Manager: Bec Moore Producer: Ebony Bott
The Lawler – Southbank Theatre, 140 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank
Season: 26 June – 5 July 2015
Bookings: (03 8688 0800) or online at: www.mtc.com.au
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Image: Peta Brady, Sarah Ward and Nicci Wilks – photo by Sebastian Bourges