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Rough Trade

Photo: Claire Hawley

Inspired by Facebook swap groups, Rough Trade is a hilarious and powerful monologue about the patriarchy, trading sex toys, women of a certain age and the drive for connection.

'Pollock is an insightful, talented and wise writer whose presence is like cheeky warm hug. Her ability to intertwine and reveal how aspects of our lives are interconnected is inspired.' – Broadway World 


'Rollicking comedy with teeth and emotional heart … fast, funny, effective and affecting.' – Chuck Moore Reviews

'At times absurd and hilarious, at other times infuriating and then heart-rending, Pollockʼs evenly paced monologue frequently catches you off-guard.' – City Hub


'A bittersweet comic monologue … The dramatic arc took us to her deepest sadness, while harnessing humour to bring us up and out the other side with a wry, knowing wit.' – Theatre Thoughts


'This is the time for a play of its nature.' – Sydney Arts Guide


'Rough Trade is a hilarious, heart-felt romp that will have you on a roller coaster ride of emotions. Pollock is a brilliant playwright.' – Sydney Scoop

Written and performed by Katie Pollock, directed by Anthony Skuse, co-produced by Katie Pollock, Joy Minter and Rogue Projects, with lighting by James Wallis and sound by Cluny Edwards. The play was first produced as part of Made in Sydney at Sydney Fringe and was nominated for Best Theatre and Best Spoken Word, then toured to Central Coast NSW, and Theatre Works Melbourne. Rough Trade is available to tour or license for production. The script is published by Currency Press, available here

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