Wed, 16 Mar|
Civic Theatre Newcastle
AN ABSURD COMEDY ABOUT WAR, MONEY AND GENDER
Time & Location
16 Mar 2022, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Civic Theatre Newcastle, 375 Hunter St, Newcastle NSW 2300, Australia
About The Event
Hir is a play about transition — a nation, a town, a family, and one teenager, all being transformed, whether deliberately or not.
Somewhere in the suburbs, after a dishonourable discharge from the military, Isaac has returned home from the horrific and bloody war in Afghanistan to help take care of his ailing father, only to discover a household in revolt. The insurgent: his Mum. Liberated from an oppressive marriage, with Isaac’s newly out transgender sibling as her ally, she’s on a crusade to dismantle the patriarchy.
Taylor Mac’s hilarious and terrifying Hir is a dysfunctional family dramedy for a new era, a highly intelligent, tenderly heartfelt, and deeply, darkly humorous portrayal of a family in crisis, in which domestic abuse, the trauma of war, and the acceptance of gender neutrality explode on an emotionally gripping, intensely real and absurdly dark battlefield.
Under the direction of Samuel Jenkins (Assistant Director, Things I Know To Be True), Hir shows that blowing up your past doesn’t necessarily set you free.
Trigger warning: This production contains references to domestic violence and emotional trauma. It also contains adult themes and coarse language.