Written by Taylor MacPresented by Red Stitch Actors' Theatre
Directed by Daniel Clarke.
Featuring Jordan Fraser-Trumble, Ben Grant, Belinda McClory and Harvey Kaska Zielinski
Set & Costume Design - Adrienne Chisholm
Lighting Design - Richard Vabre
Composition & Sound Design - Ian Moorhead
Assistant Director - Thomas Quirk
Hir is a tenderly heartfelt and highly intelligent new work by one of the ground breaking artists of our time.
"Perhaps no play this year inspired a greater sense of awe" - New York Times (Top 10 Best Theatre 2015)
"Without question, a major dramatic work of 21st century theatre" - Chicago Tribune
Taylor Mac's subversive comedy, Hir, is both hilarious and terrifying in its unflinching portrayal of a dysfunctional family for the modern age.
Max is a transgender teenager living with mother Paige and father Arnold, once the bread-winner and abusive patriarch. When brother Isaac returns home from serving in the marines, he finds war has broken out at home. Paige is on a crusade, finally liberated from an oppressive marriage she is set to dismantle the patriarchy and follow Max into a brave new post-gender world. But in this savagely funny, thought-provoking work, annihilating the past doesn't always free you from it.
Brought to you by Red Stitch, who produced the critically acclaimed, sell-out Jumpers for Goalposts in Midsumma 2015.
- 10 Feb: The Plus Ones – Christian G.: It is at essence a story of people going through transitions.
- 7 Feb: Stage Noise – Liddy Clark: A great play, a great cast, and great direction. Not to be missed.
- 6 Feb: Arts Review – David Collins: There's something of a Trojan horse about Hir showing the audience one thing, but underneath doing something completely different.
- 6 Feb: Australian Book Review – Tali Lavi: Mac's upending vision, as realised by director Daniel Clarke and this near pitch-perfect cast, is to allow us ... to encounter the possibility of joy.
- 5 Feb: Theatre Press – Ross Larkin: Director Daniel Clarke tackles some sensitive issues with decorum and finesse and does a superb job of finding the light and shade in the complex world of Hir...
- 5 Feb: Arts Hub – Amelia Swan: The acting is outstanding and it is a triumph by the director, Daniel Clarke. Exceptional, unforgettable, a must see.
- 5 Feb: Theatre People – Ian Nott: Mac's characters play with gender and seek to eliminate the binary aspect of it.
- 5 Feb: The Age – Cameron Woodhead: The play that will have you longing for a post-gender future
- 29 Jan: The Melbourne Critique – Nela Trifkovic: It's a very very fun, high energy show
- 9 Jan: The Age – Stephen A. Russell: Taylor Mac's 'Hir' upends the prodigal son story
Photo by Christina O'Neill