Audiences will be struck by a provocative performance exploring class and misogyny as the 2017 Sydney Festival sell-out, Shit, knocks the Seymour Centre for an exclusive season.
A warning to those who are faint hearted, this brilliant performance is full of hard-hitting language, presenting what happens when women defy gender expectations and don’t fulfil their societal roles. Inspiring her play, writer, Patricia Cornelius said:
“I was working on a project with a group of women on the notion of women in incarceration… women in prisons, incarcerated by their own bodies and incarcerated by society’s views of them… I wrote the play about three women who have been in foster care all their lives, in and out of trouble…”
Aiming to challenge audiences, Cornelius wrote about something she believes is taboo, hoping to stimulate discussions of gender concerns and the disenfranchisement of society.
“I feel that challenging is a form of entertainment which is understated… What a lot of theatre does is ignore that we have this growing underclass, the kind of people that we discard… this is a true depiction of young women feeling more hatred of themselves and in fact believe they are shit.”
Having written over 30 plays, Patricia’s triggering performance, Shit, is one which will shock audiences, taking them on an exciting journey.
“With a cast of female actors, they are extraordinary to watch and audiences never would have seen anything as visibly vibrant and vital as this before,” Cornelius concluded.
Jul 18–29. Seymour Centre, City Rd & Cleveland St, Chippendale. $42+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.seymourcentre.com
By Jade Morellini