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ROUGH TRADE written and performed by Katie Pollock


Part stand-up, part takedown 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!

‘A perfect little loop of a play about the morals of wanting in a decaying world. Funny, insightful and kind, Rough Trade sings in its exploration of communities and connection.’ – Audience member


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 and Made in Sydney programs.


Seymour Centre: 6-10 Sept | Riverside Theatre 15-16 Sept

BOOKINGS: sydneyfringe.com/events/rough-trade/

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Katie Pollock is an award-winning playwright.

Her plays for theatre are: Normal, The Becoming, The Hansard Monologues (Age of Entitlement), Blue Italian/Nil by Sea, The Hansard Monologues (A Matter of Public Importance), The Blue Angel Hotel, A Quiet Night In Rangoon, A Girl Called Red, and numerous short works, including as part of The Curve, produced by Critical Stages and available to watch in their screening room. More ...


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Normal by Katie Pollock
Blue Italian and Nil By Sea by Katie Pollock
A Quiet Night in Rangoon by Katie Pollock
The Hansard Monologues by Katie Pollock & Paul Daly
The Hansard Monologues by Katie Pollock & Paul Daly
The Blue Angel Hotel by Katie Pollock
The Becoming by Katie Pollock
The Political Hearts of Children
Brand Spanking New
And Now to Bed
Heart Dot Com
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