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:



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Monday 20 November to Sunday 26 November 2017, City Centre

Sydney Italian Festival and World Week of Italian Cuisine


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The Sydney Italian Festival 2017 celebrates World Week of Italian Cuisine, a global initiative of the Italian Government which promotes food and wine Made in Italy.
It will celebrate their most loved Italian cuisine through a series of gastronomic events which will take place in Sydney between November 20 -26.The Festival is a perfect moment for all food lovers to indulge in a week of Italian culinary experience.
Discover new places or visit your favourite neighbourhood, with a number of partners to choose from, restaurants, bars, wine merchants and food providores specialising in Italian gourmet food and wines, there’s something for everyone! The full calendar of events is available on the web site. For more see website: