Susie Dee chats to thebuzzfromsydney about directing the bold and provocative Patricia Cornelius play Shit. The play appeared in the Sydney Fringe Festival last year and will enjoy a short run at the Seymour Centre from 18 – 29 July.


Joy –  This has turned out to be a banner month for Patricia Cornelius’ plays, as Slut has been getting rave reviews recently at the Old Fitz – what drew you to her work?

Susie – Her language, her guts, her poetics.

I have had a long relationship with Patricia- 30 years now- we worked as actors on one of her first plays Lilly and May.

Joy – Have you become any better at saying No? I read an older interview with you and you were stretched pretty thin, how is your balance these days?

Susie – Ha! Getting better at saying NO-yes! But still stretched thin- presently working on 4 great projects all back to back- well one might say overlapping…ahhh the life of a Freelance- come November- time to breathe …

Joy – I missed Shit the last time it appeared, so am looking forward to it – tell me why it will appeal to me? (I’m assuming as a sometimes angry woman it will appeal!)

Susie – Yes- isn’t it refreshing- to see angry women on stage! To hear different stories, to hear women be foul, have a voice and be f****ing funny, bold and brutal!

Shit challenges the audience- and the notion of feminity- the characters in Shit have no bullshit and fight all the way. Shit is a vital piece of theatre…… does that appeal to you?

Joy – Bold and no bullshit…absolutely!

Joy – If you could pick any actor from any era, dead or alive, who it would be your dream to direct, who would you pick?

Susie – I love actors that are rigourous, open, passionate are not afraid to put themselves out there- physically, emotionally. I don’t put actors on pedestals.

At times I wish I were back in the era of Artaud, Growtowski, Kantor- I do love the European rigour and aesthetic

Joy – What is next for you after Shit?

Susie – Presently directing a play by Louris Van der Geer-Looking Glass- it opens in 2 weeks @ 45 downstairs theatre- then directing Patricia’s new play-Big Heart at Theatre Works which opens in September and in October I perform/direct in an intimate work set in a Caravan- about a mother and daughter called Caravan (this work has 4 writers attached- Patricia being one of them).

It all sounds great and also like Susie has some fantastic projects for Sydney theatre-lovers to watch out for! I will be looking forward to seeing Shit at the Seymour Centre next week. For more information and tickets see:



This Month in Sydney

The Sydney Fringe Festival

Friday 1 September to Saturday 30 September 2017, City Centre

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The Sydney Fringe Festival is the largest independent arts festival in NSW. Spread across five cultural villages, the Sydney Fringe presents over 300 productions in over 50 venues every September, celebrating local artists and encouraging new audiences to experience the independent arts of Sydney in order to build a stronger more sustainable sector.
Every night in secret venues across town, Sydney’s artists are conjuring up cultural gems, working tirelessly on their craft and cultivating the cultural heart of our city. Each September we invite you to join us, to discover, to experience and enjoy the wares of these incredible local artists.

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