by Laura Jackson

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by Laura Jackson

The Culture is a topical, thought-provoking new work addressing issues of domestic violence, homophobia and street harassment in following dovetailing stories of two best friends; Will, who is gay and Katie, who is a young woman. The two struggle for equality as they search for love in a modern culture which deems them both to be inferior.

Katie is armed with little tricks to try to avoid the dangers of being a woman. Don’t walk down the street alone. Don’t walk home at night. Lock the car as soon as you get into it. Thread your keys through your fingers to punch an attacker. Beware of strangers. But when every week, on average, one Australian woman is killed by an intimate partner, does Katie have a hope of getting out unscathed?

Will’s acerbic wit and emotional distance are products of a life lived on the outside. It helps him keep an eye out for danger, in a world where heterosexuality is the epitome of masculinity and he isn’t. It’s not until he finds himself genuinely seeking a relationship that he starts to let down his guard. But is there a happily ever after for Will, when The Culture is waiting at every turn to destroy him?

Alternating between direct address monologues and scenes together, the play is a two-hander.

“THE CULTURE tackles the 3 themes head on, no apologies, no pussy footing or niceties. But once again Jackson has crafted a show which begins with fun and humour, almost imperceptively transmuting into to the despondency and sadness which we take with us from the theatre. There is no didacticism here and her previous work, HANDLE IT, showed the same lightness of touch in the scripting.” – Judith Greenaway, Sydney Arts Guide

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