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The Girl and The Woman


Lennox Theatre


28 June - 07 July 2018

Event Type

Live Event

Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta present
A Double Bill

Twelve years in the making, semi-autobiographical play, The Girl (Shortlisted for the Phillip Parsons Playwriting Award, 2015 and nominated for the West Australian Arts Editor Award, 2016) and its companion piece The Woman follow two generations of Australian Arab-Muslim women.

What starts as a small seed of doubt for a young Muslim girl soon spirals into a world of confusion as she discovers her sexuality. As her body changes and values begin to clash with her upbringing, beliefs and her mother, she turns to the only friend she can rely on.

Tender, intimate and dangerously funny, The Girl and The Woman is a collision of desire and tradition, impulse and faith and past and present. Presented for the first time as a double bill, this world premiere questions what it means to be a good woman and whether to inherit history or break free from it.

Please note: This production contains adult themes and strong sexual themes

Dates & Times:

Thursday 28th June at 7.30pm
Friday 29th June at 7.30pm
Saturday 30th June at 2.15pm
Saturday 30th June at 7.30pm
Tuesday 3rd July at 7.30pm
Thursday 5th July at 6.30pm
Friday 6th July at 7.30pm
Saturday 7th July at 2.15 pm
Saturday 7th July at 7.30pm

Wednesday 4th July at 10:30am

Presented in association with Apocalypse Theatre Company.

Photo by Robert Catto

Dino Dimitriadis

Playwright and Featuring
Aanisa Vylet

Suitable for Years 10 – 12


This is an extremely brave new work by local Western Sydney writer and performer Aanisa Vylet (Where the Streets Had A Name, Shafana and Aunt Sarrinah Playreading). While the issues will resonate with many students it won’t be for everyone as it does challenge certain aspects of Islamic faith, albeit from the eyes of a young girl going through her own faith crisis. It is an important work though, which is why our Riverside Educators’ Panel were keen on us including it our Education program. It includes two stories told from different perspectives reflecting the human experience of beliefs, faith, family and coming of age in the modern world. Students will benefit from the show on a social level as well as learnings linked to the English, Drama and HSIE curriculum’s.


Download the Curriculum Links here: The Girl and The Woman Curriculum Links


Download information on how to book here: How to Book

Download Riverside’s Risk Assessment here: 2018 Risk Assessment


Download information about access at Riverside here: Access at Riverside

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