The Sweet Science of Bruising | Theatre Travels & One Good Act

Image by Becky Matthews

There’s something in the Sydney theatre air that means 2022 has been the year of productions focused on women’s emancipation and their right to choose their life path. Hush, A Letter for Molly, and Ghosting the Party considered mothering; Lady Windermere’s Fan, Lady Precious Stream, and A Doll’s House saw women navigating marriage contracts; and Chef, Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes, and now the Sweet Science of Bruising turn different lens on violence in women’s lives to examine power, freedom, and choice.

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Morning Star: First Horn | Flight Path Theatre

Image by Kate Wooden

Hannah Arendt’s theory on the banality of evil has become part of the common vernacular when considering the darker side of humanity; the way the whispers of cruelty seep into people undetected until the unthinkable happens. In the two-part production Morning Star, a group of writers imagine the consequences of pernicious ideas infiltrating otherwise unremarkable narratives.

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Life is Impossible | subtlenuance & Old 505 FreshWorks

Image by Syl Marie Photography

An Australian woman and a French woman are boarding together in New York City in the middle of World War II. Both have their gaze turned outwards; one towards hope for a new world on the horizon, the other towards the insufferable present across the Atlantic. Neither of them entirely achieves what they are searching for.

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