‘The fuchsia is bright.’

Edith Aldridge is the youngest woman to be elected leader of her country. In a lush presidential suite in a heritage listed hotel, she has just 90 minutes to get ready for the biggest day of her life. Enter Rosie, a 22-year-old makeup artist from the David Jones counter, sent to help Edith get camera ready. In Rosie’s capable hands, this morning will be a breeze. So long as they both stick to the brief.

Emily Sheehan’s astute and entertaining Monument challenges the trivialisation of beauty therapy, exploring the role that makeup and fashion play in how we perceive and receive women in power.

‘Sheehan’s voice is sparkling, fresh, and urgently of the now.’—Arts Hub

2022 Finalist Max Afford Playwrights Award

Monument was developed through Red Stitch’s INK program.

  • contemporary, drama, naturalism/realism, political
  • 90
  • 2 total
  • 2 female identifying
  • women, power, political/social, feminism
  • 18+
  • sexist language, misogynist language, adult language
  • teen, young adult, adult
  • Currency Press


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