by Alison Mann
image by Talya Chalef, 2010

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by Alison Mann

Margarite visits a strip club and sees a stripper who is a mirror image of herself. She begins to believe that this could be the daughter she was pressured to adopt out as a teenager. The men in her life, her younger boyfriend Iain and close friend Hamish, play pivotal roles in deciphering the mystery of Margarite’s obsession with the young dancer and her hyper-sexualised world.

She’s Not Performing journeys through the psyche of a woman in search of a child she once lost, grappling with subconscious fantasies and fears about her ability to reclaim her identity as a mother. Pulsing with bold images and stripped-back language, it's a darkly surreal and tender look at past adoption practices in Australia and the impact they have in the present day.

"There’s an important new voice in Australian Theatre – and it is the voice of young playwright Alison Mann, whose first full-length play ... is an absolute ripper."—Geoffrey Williams, Stage Whispers

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