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Welcome to Red Door

For those who might not have read my more extensive introduction, Red Door is a celebration of plays that I – for various and extremely personal reasons – really dig. They are also works that I regard as key developments, as significant steps in the unfolding story of our theatre. They are by no means the only steps, or even necessarily the most important, but they are all in their own ways fascinating and distinctive works.

Here is the latest release from Red Door, SHIT by Patricia Cornelius. 

 Cornelius’s writing leaves me shaking. Her dialogue sounds natural but it isn’t like spoken language. She makes the profane poetic and lets language be so much more than words with assumed meaning. Her text has shape and rhythm and feels like it’s beating to the heartbeats of her characters. - Anne-Marie Peard  

SHIT is the story of three women who (in Cornelius’ words) don’t believe in anything. They’re mean, down mouthed, down trodden, hard bit, utterly damaged women. They’re neither salt of the earth nor sexy. They love no one and no one loves them. They believe the world is shit, that their lives are shit, that they are shit.

They fight, they tease and they laugh. This play is vicious, distressing and outrageously and unexpectedly funny. One of the great new works of 2015.

You'll find more of my thoughts on SHIT, along with our video interview with Patricia, on the AustralianPlays.org blog. 


Tom Healey,
Red Door Curator


LATEST RELEASE: SHIT by Patricia Cornelius

What of the women and girls who defy gender demarcations, who transgress the boundaries and restraints of social order and expectation?


When a girl spits, or swears, or screams, or shouts, or pulls down her pants to moon someone from a car, or she laughs too loudly, or she’s too shrill, or she pulls up her t-shirt and flashes her tits, or she fights, really fights, head butts and with her fists, or she fucks too much or cuts her hair too short, and wears too much lipstick or none at all, or tells everyone she’s got a dick and she’s not a girl at all, all we want to do with this girl is lock her up and throw away the key. Out of control girls – angry, nasty girls – are a sight to behold. They’re terrifying, electrifying, they’re everything girls shouldn’t be, and we hate them.

 Tom Healey in conversation with Patricia Cornelius.