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Short + Sweet 2019

Act IV Theatre Co is proud to present This is What a Feminist Looks Like as part of Short + Sweet 2019 Top 80.

In a special week for the festival we celebrate International Women’s Day with ten short plays written, directed and/or starring women.

As a renewed interest in feminism is ignited, writer Melinda Ryan takes a look at the women’s movements of the past, with her play This is What a Feminist Looks Like. Meticulously researched and inspired by oral histories of women’s experiences as Suffragette, Women’s Liberationist and Modern Woman, these three monologues are visceral, moving and confronting.

Starring Kaitlin de Lacy, Hayley Flowers and Melinda Ryan and directed by Wendy Winkler.

Playing as part of Short + Sweet Top 80, Thursday March 7 to Sunday March 10 2019 (Week 5) at Tom Mann Theatre, 136 Chalmers St, Surry Hills (two minute’s walk from Central Station).

Tickets $27 for the evening’s line-up of short plays.

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What the critics said about The Naked Truth

imageBroadway World Australia: “More theatre like this, that tackles issues and emphasises the perspective of women, is needed and congratulations are due to Act IV Theatre for beginning unapologetic and unbridled efforts to do so.” Read more here.

Sydney Arts Guide: “Simpson’s play is well served by Ruth Fingert’s production which features bright, well orchestrated performances. The cast’s comedic timing is good and the show’s many zingy one liners are delivered well…this production delivers a good, old fashioned, fun night out at the theatre.” Read more here.

Suzy Wrong: “The women in The Naked Truth hold each other up, in spite of all their differences. They each make their individual life choices, and have encountered dissimilar obstacles, but with the strength of their sisterhood, are able to find ways to provide support for one another. It is a poignant story about how people can live in love and harmony, without having to conform and assimilate.” Read more of Suzygoessee’s review here.


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“Ball’s writing is entertaining, whimsical and punchy. The charming language of the American South is showcased beautifully, and the women’s lives are vividly imagined, with a familiarity that allows us to find points of association. Their worlds seem real, because Ball exposes their imperfections in a way that demonstrates a humanity that we can relate to.

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