Patricia Cornelius’ SHIT | Sydney Festival
Patricia Cornelius’ Shit opened on Tuesday night at the Seymour Centre, as part of Sydney Festival’s 2017 program, to rave reviews.
Shit is a work about three such girls, Billy, Bobby and Sam. In it there’s not a single moment when they transcend their ugliness. There’s no indication of a better life – or, in fact, any inner life. They don’t believe in anything. They’re mean, foul-mouthed, downtrodden, hard-bitten, 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.
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“The best written and made piece of local theatre in the Sydney Festival program so far, Patricia Cornelius’ unblinking study of three underclass women hits you like a slap in the face.”
★★★★ – Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald
“Her use of language is, as always, blisteringly brilliant, merging a poeticism with the blunt, brutal way these women speak.”
★★★★ – Ben Neutze, Daily Review