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Written by Patricia Cornelius & Directed by Susie Dee

‘Provocative and tragic, bracing and bitterly funny.’ The Age

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 – with head butts and her fists – or she f*%ks 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.

They don’t believe in anything. They’re mean, foul mouthed, down trodden, hard bitten, utterly damaged women. They’re neither salt of the earth nor sexy. They love no one and no one loves them. They believe the world is shit, that their lives are shit, that they are shit.

Ten vital female theatre makers with vast work histories have come together to bring a cast of three into a daring and powerful theatrical experiment with female characters whom we rarely see. These are women who defy gender demarcations, who transgress the boundaries and restraints of social order and expectation.

Playwright Patricia Cornelius and director Susie Dee are passionate about making work that offers formidable roles to female actors and calls for them to take the space and own it. They make work that is physical, sensual, heightened, muscular and vigorous. SHIT is a hard-hitting and exhilarating play that is as provocative as its title. Using brutal language in a grungy poetic style that offers moments of beauty and relief, this vital piece of theatre will have audiences confronting their own prejudices and preconceptions.


Performers Peta Brady, Sarah Ward & Nicci Wilks
Writer Patricia Cornelius
Director Susie Dee
Set & Costume Design Marg Horwell
Composition Anna Liebzeit
Lighting Design Rachel Burke
Stage & Production Manager Bec Moore
Producer Laura Milke-Garner

Photo Sebastian Bourges

SHIT originally appeared as part of NEON Festival of Independent Theatre in 2015. NEON is a Melbourne Theatre Company initiative.


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