Katie Pollock’s hilariously poignant story about the patriarchy, capitalism, and the things we’re willing to trade in our search for connection. Part takedown of capitalism, part wannabe dancing dildo musical, this one-woman play is a celebration of resilience, humour… and sex toys!
Through an intricate web of objects and a drive for community and connection, the members of Facebook group Rough Trade Sydney are giving the giant middle finger to capitalism, with trades that are funny, sexy, strange and touching. Inspired by these true stories, playwright Katie Pollock peels back the layers to reveal a character for whom life has taken a series of wrong turns, leaving her in a place where she is dependent on this internet community for her very survival.
A thrilling (and sometimes terrifying) examination of the ways capitalism and the patriarchy fail us, and the precarious position all women risk finding themselves in, ‘Rough Trade’ is ultimately a story of hope in challenging times. For lovers of ‘Fleabag’, ‘Hacks’, ‘Better Things’ or ‘Mom’ … If life gives you lemons, trade ’em for something sweeter!
Nominated for three Sydney Fringe Awards in 2022 including Best in Theatre & Best in Spoken Word.
4½ STARS - “Rough Trade is a hilarious, heart felt romp that will have you on a roller coaster ride of emotions. Pollock is a brilliant playwright.” Sydney Scoop
Venue Location - The Peninsula Theatre
Duration - 60 minutes, no interval
Moderate Content Warning - Suitable 15+, Some Coarse Language, Discussion of Violence, Adult Themes
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Image Credit - Teniola Komolafe
- Concession / Student