Women, Power & Culture: Then and Now


26 October – 5 November 2011



“We need more theatre like this … Proved that we have some truly excellent women playwrights and their voices are ones that we need to see – not because they are women but because they are great.” Australian Stage


It’s amazing to think that it’s taken Australian women 109 years to get from casting the first vote to nailing the top job. So, how far have we really come?

We dared a group of Sydney’s leading and emerging female playwrights to tell the stories that lie behind the triumphs and struggles that mark women’s contribution to our political, social and cultural life.

Is being a princess still every girl’s dream? Do we secretly desire to be the next supermodel, living a celebrity lifestyle with our own reality TV show? Or has breaking the glass ceiling and challenging the beauty myth enabled us to throw away our aprons, make astonishing advances and go on extraordinary adventures?

Women, Power & Culture – Then and Now is a jam-packed two weeks of thought-provoking theatre. Join us for a quirky, outrageous, sneakily serious and deadly funny look at the ever-changing Australian Woman.


Writers Van Badham, Vanessa Bates, Zoe Hogan, Verity Laughton, Danielle Maas, Maxine Mellor, Suzie Miller, Katie Pollock, Gina Schien, Alana Valentine and Kathryn Yuen

Directors Sama Ky Balson, Alice Livingstone, Carla Moore, Ngaire O’Leary, Annette Rowlison, Augusta Supple, Susannah Thompson

Season Director Louise Fischer |Set Designer Jess Martin |Lighting Designer Jodi Speight | Production Manager Elly Goodman | Stage Manager Ruth Horsfall


Sexing The Act
Saturday 5 November 2pm

A free public forum questioning how far we have (or have not) come since the passing of the historic Sex Discrimination Act 1984.

Join moderator Adele Horin (Sydney Morning Herald) and panellists including advertising guru Jane Caro (The Gruen Transfer), feminist icon Eva Cox, former State Labor MP Verity Firth, journalist and activist Katrina Fox, Gabe Kavanagh (University of Sydney student leader), Muslim women’s advocate Maha Krahem Abdo, Hetti Perkins (former Senior Curator, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales), plus special guest, former Federal Labor Senator and current Age Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan, for what is bound to be a highly entertaining event!



Wed 26th Oct @ 8pm / Thurs 27th Oct @ 8pm
Friday 28th Oct @ 8pm / Sat 29th Oct @ 8pm
Sat 29th Oct @ 5pm / Sun 30th Oct @ 5pm
Tues 1st Nov @ 8pm / Wed 2nd Nov @ 8pm
Thurs 3rd Nov @ 8pm / Fri 4th Nov @ 8pm
Sat 5th Nov @ 5pm / Sat 5th Nov @ 8pm

Tickets $25
Then & Now Package $40 (Book a ticket for both a Then and Now performance as a combination in the same transaction and save $10).

2 hours including interval (approximately)

Photos © Bob Seary

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