Sydney Fringe Festival presents

Rough Trade

6 - 10 Sep 2022

Inspired by Facebook swap groups, playwright Katie Pollock delivers a funny and powerful monologue about the patriarchy, trading sex toys, women of a certain age and the drive for connection.

Part stand-up, part take-down 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!

This project has been made possible through the assistance of the City of Sydney, Inner West Council, and Sydney Fringe Festival’s Art in Isolation.

This is a Made in Sydney event, co-produced with Sydney Fringe Festival.

Writer Katie Pollock
Director Anthony Skuse
Producer Joy Minter
Sound Designer Cluny Edwards
Assistant Producer Tabitha Woo

We are a registered COVID-Safe business with measures in place to make your next Seymour visit safe and enjoyable. You can find out more about our safety measures here, and we will also send safety information directly to you prior to your visit. To ensure we can reach you, we recommend checking that your contact information is up to date.

Reginald Theatre

Tue 6 Sep 6pm
Wed 7 Sep 9:30pm
Thu 8 Sep 6pm
Fri 9 Sep 8pm
Sat 10 Sep 9:30pm

50 minutes (no interval). Partial lockout applies.

Full $38
Concession $32

Transaction fee applies.

Recommended for ages 15+. Contains coarse language. Photography and filming prohibited. 

The only authorised ticket seller for this event is Sydney Fringe Festival. If you purchase from an unauthorised seller, you risk that your tickets may be fake or invalid.

Reginald Theatre

Tue 6 Sep 6pm
Wed 7 Sep 9:30pm
Thu 8 Sep 6pm
Fri 9 Sep 8pm
Sat 10 Sep 9:30pm

50 minutes (no interval). Partial lockout applies.

Full $38
Concession $32

Transaction fee applies.

Recommended for ages 15+. Contains coarse language. Photography and filming prohibited. 

The only authorised ticket seller for this event is Sydney Fringe Festival. If you purchase from an unauthorised seller, you risk that your tickets may be fake or invalid.

Writer Katie Pollock
Director Anthony Skuse
Producer Joy Minter
Sound Designer Cluny Edwards
Assistant Producer Tabitha Woo

We are a registered COVID-Safe business with measures in place to make your next Seymour visit safe and enjoyable. You can find out more about our safety measures here, and we will also send safety information directly to you prior to your visit. To ensure we can reach you, we recommend checking that your contact information is up to date.

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