Playwright Patricia Cornelius took us, the audience, into the world of a daring and powerful theatrical experiment- SHIT. SHIT is a play based on the terrifying, electrifying, and everything a girl should not be. It is a compelling, raw and powerful play. It examined the intersections of class and misogyny.
What happens when a girl spits, swears, screams, shouts or pulls down her pants to "moon" someone from a car? Or when she laughs too loud, she is too shrill, she pulls up her shirt and flashes her tits, or she fights- like a real fight, with head butts and fists- she f--ks too much or cuts her hair too short, and wears too much lipstick or none at all? What if she tells people she's got a d--k and she is not a girl at all? We all want to hate and/or pity them, don't we?
Out of control girls that are angry and nasty are certainly a sight to behold and we all have seen these girls at least once in our lives. They are terrifying, electrifying and everything a girl should not be and this play is about these girls.
Three women, Billy (Nicci Eilks), Bobby (Sarah Ward) and Sam (Peta Brady) are variously orphaned and abandoned and they all have not known what love is. Nor have they had any experience of belonging, let alone achievement or happiness. They all have learnt not to wish for anything.
We were taken into their world of coldness which was violently anti-feminine, even misogynistic. They know to be a female is to be vulnerable enough... being feminine is just asking for it. They are known to be "dumb" or "sluts" or "dogs" to the world, however, they are smart enough to know when to avoid a fight and how to contrive a beating for a rival.
Throughout the play we see these three young women transcend their ugliness. They do not believe in anything. They are mean, foulmouthed, downtrodden, hard-bitten, and utterly damaged women.
All three women are neither salt to the earth or sexy. They love no one and no one loves them. They believe the world is shit, that their lives are shit, they are shit.
I felt that I was able to relate to these three women in some ways. To be a woman in a "man's world" is a vulnerability that most of us women have experienced. As well as at times our life does not go according to plan and the feeling of worthlessness and being nothing fills you.
It is filled with fusillades of f-words, with more than two dozen of "f---ks and "f---king" in the opening dialogue, which Billy executes with a detest squawk. Throughout the play, all three girls use the F-word defensively and offensively.
This brutal, yet ultimately touching, play is a portrait of femininity from the lowest dregs of the under-classes. SHIT is tragic yet bitterly funny and certainly a bold theatre that has us confronting our own prejudices.
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* Do note that this play features explicit profanity and nudity.