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Kate Foster, Kate Horsley and Claire Atkins. Photo Lynden Foss.

SHIT is the bold new production by Australian playwright Patricia Cornelius and shines a spotlight on Australian women living on the fringes.

Local actors Kate Foster, Kate Horsley and Claire Atkins will bring the damaged and darkly funny characters of Billy, Bobby and Sam to life in Mullumbimby from May 10-25.

According to Kate Foster, who plays the challenging and hilarious role of Billy, SHIT is grungy, risky, and uncompromising in its exploration of class, violence and misogyny in Australia.

‘Patricia Cornelius is a champion of the working-class and the down-trodden. The play centres around three women who have been in and out of foster homes all their lives, and they have been neglected and abused.

‘But there’s nothing earnest about this play, there’s no naval gazing, these women are survivors, and their language is electrifying, ’ she enthused.


The show will donate the proceeds of the preview on May 8 to the local SHIFT program that helps women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The program helps support homeless women achieve self-sufficiency as they reintegrate into the community. Tickets for the fundraising preview on May 8 can be purchased from The Book Room in Byron Bay, or contact [email protected].


SHIT is on at The Drill Hall Theatre at 2 Jubilee Ave, Mullumbimby, from May 10-25 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and on Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are $22/$25 and can be purchased at www.drillhalltheatre.org.au/shit and at The Bookshop in Mullumbimby.

SHIT contains offensive language, adult themes, and is for mature audiences only.

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