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SLUT: The Play

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Name-calling and slut shaming are timeless issues that resonate strongly within todays society. Slut: The Play, performed by graduate actors from the Actors Collage of Theatre & Television, explores the themes of betrayal, injustice and sexual assault in an attempt to alleviate the double standards separating men and women.

“If you have ever called someone a slut, been called one yourself, or even sniggered at the title of this play, then you should be able to relate to at least one of the central themes,” said actor Jess Turner.

The play follows the challenges that 11 teenage girls must overcome, after discovering something disturbing about one of their friends, Joanna Del Marco.

Slut shines a light on society’s stigmas and the taboo around the word “SLUT”, and the reality of violence against women,” explained Turner. “[It] empowers audience members to question the very meaning of the word, and wonder why it is still acceptable to be thrown around so loosely.”

Although there are moments of sheer hilarity, Slut: The Play is not meant for comfortable viewing – as the play aims to leave the audience questioning their own morality, and to put an end to the humiliating practice of slut shaming.

“[We want] to open people’s eyes and show that it is NEVER the victims fault,” Turner explained. “[To get people] thinking twice before they call someone a name, would be a start.” (NB)

Oct 20–24. Belvoir Theatre, 25 Belvoir St, Surry Hills. $15. Tickets & info: belvoir.com.au/events/slut-the-play

 

BY NYSSA BOOTH

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