Articles

Please find a selection of articles I have written for a variety of publications, covering my favourite areas of theatre, feminism and fashion.

The Vocal*

Young Women Need To Be Taken Seriously By The Medical System

My partner drives us down the Eastern Freeway. It’s a bright sunny Sunday morning. I stare ahead and I cry.

We have just left an appointment with a neuro-gastroenterologist. He only needed to spend ten minutes listening to me before telling me I didn’t have the stomach condition I believed I had for the last three years. A condition that had taken the previous two years to diagnose, incorrectly.

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(*The Vocal is no longer online however the article is available through Internet Archive.)

The Vocal*

Happy 60th Birthday To You, Dear Contraceptive Pill. It’s Time We Had A Talk.

Sixty years is a lot of years. Sixty years old is a solid amount of old.

If you’re like my Dad, you might decide your 60th birthday heralds the chance to go Level Five Vegan and to also try gold temporary hair dye for the first time.

There are other, less fabulous, ways to celebrate 60 years. For example, you might decide: now’s the time to do a little reflection on the sort of person I am. Consider how I could do better. Ask myself, and others, the tough questions.

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(*The Vocal is no longer online however the article is available through Internet Archive.)

Sydney Morning Herald

Want more girls to get into sport? There are two things we need to fix

The problem with an actual or perceived lack of skill in these early years is the way that it sets you up for the future. You might have spent primary school being picked last for every PE team because of your gender, your size, or your popularity. You might have had access needs that were not catered for in your school or club environment. You might have had the sort of PE teacher who focused all of their attention on the naturally gifted athletes in your grade, and neglected to build skills in the students without natural affinity. You might have grown up in a culture that prized intellectual development far beyond physical ability, and neglected to see the ways in which physical and intellectual health could support one another.

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Feminartsy

Feminist role models : Broad City

Every school has a different name for them. The plastics, the Barbies, the Cool Girls.

In my school, a large co-educational Jewish school in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs, they were the JAPs: Jewish Australian Princesses.

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Smaggle

If You Could Steal The Style Of One Celebrity Who Would It Be?

I haven’t always dressed the way I do now. I used to have a normal job in administration. Then I became a freelance theatre person, and things changed.

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Time Out

Anne-Louise Sarks looks for the redemptive qualities within Shakespeare’s most problematic comedy

When we catch up with her in late June, Anne-Louise Sarks is achieving a level of 9am erudition that most of us could only dream of. She is incisive, passionate, and very awake. Sarks has a rehearsal beginning at 10am for Bell Shakespeare’s upcoming production of The Merchant of Venice, and she likes to be prepared. Readiness seems her trademark: ready for work, ready for interviews, and ready to engage with a theatre canon that can, at times, feel a little bit intimidating.

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Time Out

Why these two artists say white men need to ‘lean in’

Blink and you’ll miss the “hyper fragility boardroom”. In fact, I walk right past it at first, until Candy Bowers and Victoria Chiu steer me towards their makeshift performance space at Arts Centre Melbourne. The “hyper fragility boardroom” is a long white room at the bottom of the building, which plays host to benefactor dinners throughout the year. This week, however, the boardroom will be reappropriated for a slightly different get-together: Bowers’ and Chiu’s feminist performance art piece Hyper Fragility. Chiu tells me, “no one knows it’s here, behind mirrored doors” and Bowers adds, “we wanted a place where people like us would rarely be.”

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Time Out

Meet nine backstage heroes responsible for your favourite shows

These are some of the unsung stars that help make on-stage magic when the curtain goes up, When it comes to theatre, playwrights, actors and directors get all the cred. So we’re shining a light on some of the unsung workers behind the onstage magic…

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