Sydney premiere of FIERCE by Jane e Thompson

Published by: Elly Baxter PR | 19-Feb-2019
What if a woman was drafted in the men's AFL? This is the provocative question at the heart of Jane e Thompson's play FIERCE which tracks the career of Suzie Flack, an extraordinarily talented Australian Rules Football player who achieves her lifelong dream of being drafted to play alongside her male counterparts in the AFL. This raw but imaginative play explores the impact of this success on Flack and on her family, her relationships, her team and the sport as a whole.
Venue: The Old Fitz Theatre
Address: 129 Dowling St, Woolloomooloo, Sydney, Australia
Date: 20 March - 13 April
Time: 7.30pm Tuesday-Saturday, 2pm Saturday & 5pm Sunday
Ticket: Previews / Cheap Tuesdays: $30.00 - $35.00 | General Admission / Adult: $45.00 - $50.00 | Concession: $38.00 - $43.00
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Women in charge

This production is putting women front and centre on stage and off with women in the key roles of playwright, director (Janine Watson) and producer (Eloise Snape) and all but one technical position filled by women.

Thompson says:
"I wanted to pit Suzie Flack against the men, because we are pitted against men. This work is not a case for women competing against men in sport; rather it seeks to reposition our view "” not of what's possible, but what's imaginable. Flack is a female protagonist who lives outside binary gender stereotyping, who is subject not object, who lives through her body as a professional footballer playing with the men. She wants acceptance and respect, not as a woman but as a human. This comes at a significant cost."

"While the conceit of FIERCE is an act of imaginative gumption," adds Watson, "the development of character is tethered to absolute reality creating a journey for the audience that is at once brutal, sad, offensive and funny."

A 'revolution' in women's sport
In the past few years there has been a 'revolution' in women's sport (Sport Australia CEO). A recent survey of sports fans showed that more than 80% wanted to watch women's sport. Live and TV audiences for women's cricket, NRL and the AFLW have exceeded all expectations (Women's Agenda). FIERCE comes at a potent moment in the growth of women's sport and brings a unique perspective to what could happen next.

A powerful and physical production
With cast members already in training for both Aussie Rules and boxing this will be one of the most physical shows on Sydney stages this year, matching the muscle of sport with the muscularity of the sophisticated and illuminating script.

Sport, gender and theatre come head-to-head in FIERCE, an explosive, not-to-be missed production.

Zelman Cressey-Gladwin, Stacey Duckworth, Martin Jacobs, Felix Johnson, Chantelle Jamieson, Lauren Richardson, Andrew Shaw

Writer Jane e Thompson
Director Janine Watson
Set and Costume Designer Melanie Liertz
"­Lighting Designer Kelsey Lee"¬"¬"¬"¬"¬"¬"¬"¬"¬"¬"¬"¬"¬"¬"¬"¬"¬"¬"¬"¬
Sound Designer Ben Pierpoint
Assistant Director Olivia Aleksoski
Production Manager Maria Spataro
Stage Manager Gen Muratore
Associate Producer Eloise Snape

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