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SHIT by Patricia Cornelius - fortyfivedownstairs

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A live play that is different, funny and amazing
Susie Dee's award-winning production of Patricia Cornelius's provocative play returns to Melbourne. SHIT is a "compelling, raw and powerful play" which examines the different classes and misogyny. Not only is this play provocative and tragic, but it is also heart-breaking and extremely funny.

It is also the winner of four Green Room awards:

Best production
Best writing
Best set and costume
Best ensemble

Billy, Bobby and Sam will be back again after a sold-out season of SHIT in 2016. These girls don't really believe in anything. They are downtrodden, nasty, foul-mouthed, and totally damaged. They are the sort of women most people would see on the street, and decide to walk the other way or cross the road! They're neither the salt of the earth nor are they even sexy. They tend to not like anyone, and no one likes them. They believe the world is shit, that their lives are shit, and that they are shit!

The first Australian artists ever to be invited to the Teatro Biennale di Venezia in 2019, award-winning writer/director team Patricia Cornelius and Susie Dee bring SHIT and LOVE to fortyfivedownstairs for limited seasons, before travelling to Venice to present them at the 47th International Festival of Theatre.

It will be on from 29th May to 9th June 2019 and will be on at fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.

Patricia Cornelius's new play is an outright provocation as the title suggests. It dares to put three female characters on the stage that are rarely, if ever, given a theatrical voice. Rough, and rude, they are the type of people that most theatre-patrons and indeed most people would avoid. But under the immense talents of the playwright, and the extraordinary direction of Susie Dee, they make a fascinating, compelling and heartbreaking subject for this play.

Billy (Nicci Wilks) opens the play with a curse-filled rant that is extremely funny and also politically charged. She showers her audience with more "f*&%s than prepositions" – something even her friends Bobby (Sarah Ward) and Sam (Peta Brady) find just slightly too much!

Cornelius has a particular talent for turning flat realistic speech into a sort of rough street words, and this is immediately evident.

As the women's stories become clearer, as the abuse eats away at any hope that we may have for them, the play's real power appears. Despite the characters' energy, the idea of despair and inevitable lack of options begins to stifle them. They turn on each other, they mimic each other's trials to imagine having a better life, and eventually, they lure each other on and into senseless and self-defeating violence.

The hours for this play are mainly from 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm with a matinee on Sunday from 4.00 pm to 5.00 pm. Cost of tickets are:

Preview: $35
Full: $48
Senior: $45
Concession: $38
Double Bill with Love: $70

For bookings, click on this link.

The team of Dee and Cornelius have worked together for a long time, and this play is brilliant and one you cannot afford to miss! Some critics are even saying it is the best play Melbourne has seen in years.
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When: 29th May to 9th June 2019
Where: fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Ln Melbourne 3000
Cost: Varies, see article
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