Theatre, Spoken Word & Storytelling, Comedy

Rough Trade @ Riverside


Tickets $32 - $34

Thu 15 - Fri 16 Sep | 50 minutes Riverside Theatres - Lennox Theatre
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Inspired by Facebook swap groups, playwright Katie Pollock delivers a funny and powerful monologue about the patriarchy, trading sex toys, women of a certain age and the drive for connection.

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.’ – Showing Attendee

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.

$69 Bundle deal available for 3 shows at Riverside Theatre. Book through or call Sydney Fringe Box Office.

Show details

Show details
  • 50 minutes
  • Venue 1: Riverside Theatres - Lennox Theatre
Performance notes
  • World Premiere
  • Content warnings: Coarse Language
  • Things to note: This is a Made in Sydney event, co-produced with The Sydney Fringe.
  • Performance accessibility:
    Thursday 15 Sep
  • Performance accessibility:
    Friday 16 Sep
Venue details & accessibility
Riverside Theatres - Lennox Theatre

Corner Church and Market Streets,, Parramatta
Telephone: 02 8839 3399

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    • Writer – Katie Pollock
    • Director – Anthony Skuse
    • Producer – Joy Minter
    • Assistant producer – Tabitha Woo
    • Sound designer – Cluny Edwards
    Presented by
    • Joy Minter
    • Inner West Council
    • City of Sydney
    • Sydney Fringe Festival