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FIERCE is a play about the first female footballer to play professionally in the men’s AFL competition. It is the story of a woman trying to succeed against all odds. It is a play about the struggle. It is also a work of fiction: in sports where speed, strength, agility and power are necessary, no female has competed regularly against men at the highest level. This work is not a case for women competing against men in sport; rather, it seeks to reposition our viewâ€” 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. She wants acceptance and respect, not as a woman, but as a human. This comes at a significant cost.
The play follows Flack into the big league of men’s professional footballâ€”the hurdles she encounters, the intrigue she creates. The work is formed by her relationships with those around her: those who support her, those who don’t. Public opinion, media biases, and structural inequality are all present; interwoven with the themes of trust, identity and intimacy.
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Female | 20s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 47
EXTRACT: ...Iâ€™m running home and I slide in under the catcher and she drops like a dead weight right on top of me. Sheâ€™s a big girl. It hurts. All the parents start up, calling out, jeering. I think itâ€™s because Iâ€™m caught underneath. One of the dads is yelling something at the umpire, pointing at me, shaking his finger at me. I get up, Iâ€™m home safe and Iâ€™m walking back to the team and this dadâ€™s just going off chop at the umpire. Then another man walks over and says Iâ€™m not a real girl.
Rehearsals for 2008 Theatre Works season.
Theatre Works 2018 Season
Critical responses: FIERCE, Theatre Works, March 28 â€“ April 8, 2018