Shit

MAY 2019

Fridays, 10,17,24 at 8pm; Saturdays, 11,18,25 at 8pm;  Sundays, 12,19 at 2pm

The Drill Hall Theatre Company presents an important Australian play

S H I T

by PATRICIA CORNELIUS

Under the direction of Georgia Martin, local actors Kate Foster, Kate Horsley and Claire Atkins will bring the foul-mouthed, violent and darkly funny characters of Billy, Bobby and Sam to life at The Drill Hall.

Written by Australian playwright Patricia Cornelius, SHIT is electrifying; the characters pull no punches (literally) as their story explores themes of class, violence and misogyny in Australia.

The play is provocative and bitterly funny theatre. Billy, Bobby and Sam have been in and out of foster homes and institutional care all their lives. They have been neglected and abused sexually and physically, but they are survivors.

In spite of their situation, a peculiar optimism surges through the play. The language might be confronting for some, but it’s never gratuitous. Words are their weapons, and give them agency.

AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS

SHIT is a Green Room Award winner (Best Production and Best Writer) and was shortlisted for the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Award for Drama. It enjoyed five sold-out seasons for 45 Downstairs, NEON Festival for Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney Festival and Darwin Festival.

In March this year Patricia Cornelius won the lucrative Windham-Campbell Prize for drama, and her plays SHIT and LOVE will be the first Australian plays ever to be performed at the Venice Biennale this July.

Bookings online and at the Bookshop, Mullumbimby

Tickets $25/$22

DOORS OPEN 30 MINUTES BEFORE EACH SHOW
Please be early as seating is not allocated
Bar (Beer/Wine) and Kitchen (Tea/Coffee/Cakes) opens 30 minutes before each show.
Please note that online bookings close 2 hours before each performance.
There is a 50c booking fee for online bookings.
Duration approx 1hr 15 minutes.
There is no interval.
General enquiries: 0420986570.

 

WARNING
This play contains adult themes and offensive language.
For mature audiences only.

PLAYWRIGHT


Patricia Cornelius

Patricia Cornelius is an Australian playwright, screenwriter and novelist.

Her play, SHIT was presented at the 2017 Sydney Festival, following its Melbourne premiere with the Melbourne Theatre Company, and is a four-time Green Room Award winner, including Best Writer.

Her play Savages won the Victorian Premiers Award for Drama in 2014 and the Green Room Award for Writing, and was nominated for an AWGIE and the Griffin Prize. Over her career Patricia has written more than 30 plays including Big Heart, Do Not Go Gentle, The Call, Slut, Love, Fever, Boy Overboard, and Who’s Afraid of the Working Class? (co-written with Andrew Bovell, Melissa Reeves, Christos Tsiolkas, and Irene Vela.)  Her most recent plays have been, The House of Bernarda Alba, produced in June 2018 at the Melbourne Theatre Company and In the Club, which premiered in 2018 at the Adelaide Arts Festival.

Other playwriting awards include the Victorian and NSW Premiers’ Literary Awards (2011), Patrick White Playwrights’ Award, Richard Wherrett Prize, Wal Cherry Prize and nine AWGIES for stage, community theatre and theatre for young people. She won the Australian Writers’ Foundation Playwriting Award (2015), a Patrick White Fellowship (2012), a Fellowship from the Australia Council’s Theatre Board, as well as the AWGIE Major Award three times.  In 2018 she was the winner of the Mona Brand Award.  She is a founding member of Melbourne Workers’ Theatre.

Patricia co-wrote the feature film adaptation, Blessed, based on the play Who’s Afraid of the Working Class, (for which she also won an AWGIE) and she is currently developing a feature film.

Her novel My Sister Jill, was published by Random House.


THE DRILL HALL THEATRE COMPANY PRODUCTION

DIRECTOR


Georgia Martin

Georgia Martin is a director, actor, voice coach, and long-term member of the Drill Hall Theatre Company. For the past ten years she has been directing plays, including the award winning Buy Robot and The Waters Edge.

She is particularly drawn to directing plays with strong female roles, and include Waitresses for the Northern Rivers Conservatorium of the Arts, Becky Shaw and Five Women Wearing the Same Dress which she co-directed with Mike Russo. In 2018 she co-directed, with Mike Russo in Patricia Cornelius’s The Call.

As an actor she has performed in North Coast theatre productions including Competitive Tenderness, The Threepenny Opera, Clarke in Sarajevo, Barmaids, Steel Magnolias, Lend Me a Tenor, Hotel Sorrento, No Sugar, Metamorphosis, The Cherry Orchard, Hamlet, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Jumpers and An Othello. Sydney productions include, Tales From Hollywood at the New Theatre, California Suite, The Plebeians Rehearse the Uprising, The Water Engine, Agamemnon, The Devils and The Trojan Women for The Arts Council of NSW.

CAST

Kate Foster

Kate attended her first acting class with the Basin Theatre Company at age four, spawning a love of all things theatrical. 17 years of competitive dance saw her as a regular on the stage and lead to a slate of musical theatre credits including The Pirates of Penzance’, ‘Oliver’, ‘Pippin’, ‘Guys and Dolls’, ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ and The Little Prince’, Choreographer for Rent’ and ‘Life’s a Circus’ and Director/Choreographer of ‘A Slice of Saturday Night’, ‘Bring Down the House’ and Avenue Who?’

Some of her performance highlights include Dr Faustus’, White Paper Flowers’, ‘Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean’ and ‘Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth.’ Her short film credits include ‘Four Past Friday’ and ‘Axis of Evil.’

Kate has a Bachelor of Performing Arts from Monash University and worked as a Talent Agent for film, television and circus from 2003 – 2017. In 2014, Kate returned to the stage after a sixteen-year hiatus, playing Trisha in ‘5 Women Wearing the Same Dress’ and Suzanna in Becky Shaw’ with Drill Hall Theatre Company. In 2017 she Directed Little Shop of Horrors’ for Bangalow Theatre Company, winning Best Director of a Community Theatre Musical at the Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards.

Kate is excited to be back on the stage in 2019, portraying the challenging and liberating role of Billy.

 

Kate Horsley

Kate Horsley trained at The University of London (Goldsmiths College), where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Drama and English Literature, and a Master of Arts in Theatre Arts.

She worked as a professional actor in the UK, working largely in repertory theatre, where more often than not, two Shakespeare plays were rehearsed over two weeks and performed over the next four weeks. Only for the young and brave…

Favourite roles included Viola in Twelfth Night, Rosalind in As you like it, Titania in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Luciana in The Comedy of Errors, and Nurse in Romeo and Juliet.

On moving to Sydney, Kate played Helena in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Kate in Taming of the Shrew, Toinette in Moliere’s Imaginary Invalid, and directed a production of Twelfth Night to critical acclaim.

On relocating to the Northern Rivers in 2003, Kate took on the most challenging role to date, raising three children under three whilst studying for a Bachelor of Psychology which she completed in 2016.

In 2007 Kate performed in two separate Hot Shorts for Drill Hall Theatre and was enticed back in the 2011 Hot Shorts when she performed in Buy Robot which won the Peg Gloor prize and best actor. Last year she made a cameo appearance in Patricia CorneliusThe Call and became so engaged with Corneliuswork, that she is back, delighted to be performing in Shit. It’s Shit, but its anything but.

 

Claire Atkins

Claire Atkins is a diverse visual artist with a keen interest in performance, screen production and writing.

She has written, directed, produced and performed in a number of short films and documentaries including: One Little Room, Brillig’s Island, The Adventures of Max & Lil, The Superfantastical, Delicious and Magical Illustrated World of Tamsin Ainslie, No Bloody Way, The Bridge, and Deadlock for ABCIview.

In 2018 she performed as Liddy and Billy in Patricia Cornelius’ The Call with The Drill Hall Theatre Company, and she has played Rose Mundy in Dancing at Lughnasa for Pavillion Theatre, and the fiery Arts journalist Meg Moynihan in Hotel Sorrento for The Pittwater Arts Festival.

Claire holds a Bachelor of Art Education from The UNSW College of Fine Arts, and for the last twenty years she has enjoyed working in the Arts in events, public relations, as a magazine editor and studio artist. Claire will also record her first album of original songs at Rocking Horse Studios in July.

Claire is thrilled to be bringing Patricia Cornelius’ words to life at The Drill Hall in the role of Sam.


Common Ground – 13th March 2019

Face it. You’re SHIT, alright?

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Regional Arts NSW – 1st April 2019

http://regionalartsnsw.com.au/event/mullumbimby-drill-hall-theatre-shit/?utm_source=Regional+Arts+NSW+Ebulletin+Subscribers&utm_campaign=694a9d659e-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_FEBRUARY_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_704f8e5327-694a9d659e-49913269

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Byron Shire Echo – 4 April 2019
Byron Shhttps://www.echo.net.au/2019/04/culture-byron-shire-week-starting-april-4th/ire Echo 4 April

 


Patricia Cornelius, SHIT and the media …….

The Sydney Morning Herald – 14 March 2019

https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/theatre/it-s-fabulous-playwright-patricia-cornelius-wins-lucrative-drama-prize-20190314-p5149t.html?fbclid=IwAR3e3J5_js4Mhgp-K6BXN6TgJi2E_Bgvr2ta51HDuruuNxSCDL7-ALAOasI

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ABC Radio National – 19 January 2016
https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/booksandarts/shit/6969586

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Sydney Morning Herald – 21 July 2017

Patricia Cornelius: theatre’s most unapologetic playwright – written by Elissa Blake 

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/theatre/patricia-cornelius-theatres-most-unapologetic-playwright-20170710-gx8383.html

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The Guardian – 3rd January 2017

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/jan/03/patricia-cornelius-a-courageous-australian-playwright-neglected?CMP=share_btn_fb

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