The Girl / The Woman

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The Girl / The Woman

Venue Lennox Theatre
Dates 28 June - 07 July 2018
Category Live Event

Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta present
In association with Apocalypse Theatre Company

I’m a polite feminist.
A liar.
A girl and a woman.
Beyonce on a bad day.
Exotic. Apparently.
I can never understand Al Jazeera.
I found a love in a hopeless place – he just doesn’t know it yet.
Forget everything you know about me.
Come over for a visit.
Just stay calm at all times.

The Girl trips over her sexuality and lands on her mother’s traditions. She turns to her best friend and enabler – the Internet. Her mother, meanwhile, hates to leave the house – a tiring but familiar refuge from an ever-changing outside world.

Twelve years in the making, wild and funny until it’s not, The Girl / The Woman, is an exhilarating two-woman collision of body and mind, desire and tradition, language and visionary theatricality.

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

Dates & Times:

Thursday 28 June at 7.30pm
Friday 29 June at 7.30pm
Saturday 30 June at 2.15pm
Saturday 30 June at 7.30pm
Tuesday 3 July at 7.30pm
Wednesday 4 July at 10:30am
Thursday 5 July at 6.30pm (Audio Described performance – bookings essential – What’s this?)
Friday 6 July at 7.30pm
Saturday 7 July at 2.15 pm
Saturday 7 July at 7.30pm

Wednesday 4 July at 10:30am

Presented in association with Apocalypse Theatre Company.

Photo by Robert Catto

Creative Team
Playwright Aanisa Vylet
Director Dino Dimitriadis
Creative Futures Moreblessing Maturure
Set and Costume Design Jonathan Hindmarsh
Co-Sound Designers Ben Pierpoint and Mary Rapp
Lighting Designer Benjamin Ross Brockman
Production Manager Kirby Brierty
Production Coordinator Felix Johnson
Stage Manager Ruth Horsfall

Aanisa Vylet and Nisrine Amine

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

“To say this production is a work of love would be to understate the concentration of experiences and diverse performance styles Aanisa Vylet has artistically fused “to smash the limitations of how female narratives can exist on stage”. Nor would it adequately explain the feeling of ‘family’ that radiates from the production. Vylet’s story has been lovingly nurtured by a very sensitive and perceptive director, a talented, imaginative design team, the collaborative support of the National Theatre of Parramatta – and the “world of magic, diversity and community” that is Western Sydney. If that sounds like I’m waxing too lyrical, please, go see and feel for yourself!”
Carol Wimmer, Stage Whispers
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“The Girl the Woman is an enjoyable first play by Aanisa Vylet. She is an excellent storyteller and presenter. There is laughter, drama and plenty of theatrics in this 90-minute production so try and get along as soon as possible.”
Paul Kiely, Absolute Theatre
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“This is a different, highly engaging and entertaining night of theatre – with even a touch of audience participation. The story is told with satire, gentleness, love, touches of the absurd and a heartfelt belief in moving forward into a new life.”
Maggy Franklin, Sydney Arts Guide
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“A collision of body and mind, desire and tradition. It is truly shocking in its fierceness and appetite.”
Kevin Jackson, Kevin Jackson’s Theatre Diary
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“Vylet’s work is lovingly crafted, and her playwriting voice is distinct and refreshingly bold. Take your mother.”
Cassie Tongue, Time Out Sydney
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“The entire production exudes theatrical craft…Easily recommended.”
Jason Blake, Audrey Journal
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90 minutes with no interval (plus 20 minute Q&A for 10:30am performance)

Ticket Prices

Members Adult $42
Members Concession $37
30 Club $30
Adult $49
Concession (Australian Pensioner & Senior, Full Time Student) $44
30 & Under $39
Student/Teacher $23
Groups 10+ $44

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