A passionate and unflinching collection of three award-winning plays by and about women, featuring an introduction by Alison Croggon.
In Muff by Van Badham, the wounds of a horrific event are re-opened as Eve tries to navigate a friendship with her ex and his new partner. The play uses both grim sadness and dark humour to challenge perceptions of feminism and self-image in the prism of sexual love. Winner of the 2015 NSW Premier’s Award for Drama in 2015.
‘An intelligent, challenging, deeply thoughtful and highly original piece of work. In a world where gender relationships remain the minefield they always were, and where male violence towards women remains writ large … this is a play for our time and a groundbreaking piece of theatre.’ — NSW Premier’s Award judge’s report
Anna Barnes’ MinusOneSister is a contemporary retelling of Sophocles’ classic tragedy, Electra. The teenage siblings take the stage, and loyalties are challenged as each confronts their own grief and guilt. Barnes challenges patterns of blame that persist today when dealing with violence and sexuality. Winner of the 2013 Patrick White Playwrights’ Award.
‘Barnes has tapped into something essential and immediate about young women, about anxiety and terror and anger and a constant, destructive lack of control over their own bodies and lives.’ — Time Out
Patricia Cornelius’ SHIT is rife with ugliness. Billy, Bobby and Sam speak with the voices of those who’ve survived foster care, institutionalisation, and neglect. They love no-one and no-one loves them. They believe the world is shit, that their lives are shit, that they are shit. Winner of the 2015 Green Room Awards for Independent Theatre: Best Production and Best Writing and the 2017 Sydney Theatre Award for Best New Australian Work, and shortlisted for the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Award for Drama.
‘Cornelius looks deep into the hearts and minds of those who have been pushed aside, and finds contradictions that are at once complex, difficult, admirable and scary.’ — Ben Neutze, Daily Review