The Very Popular Theatre Company’s production of Taylor Mac’s hilarious and terrifying Hir has opened at the Civic Playhouse.
Domestic abuse, the trauma of war, and the acceptance of gender neutrality are front and centre of this play about family and transition.
“The audience is given the opportunity to delve into the micro-universe this household has created through dysfunction, love and trauma,” Director, Samuel Jenkins, said.
“Taylor Mac’s poetic, yet chaotic writing propels the family drama along an unrelenting rhythm, much like the fast-paced nature of family life with which we are all so familiar.”
Hir, purposefully being pronounced as ‘here’, follows the story of Isaac who, after returning home from the war in Afghanistan, to help take care of his ailing father, finds his family in revolt.
“There is a part of us or someone we know in all four of these characters and whether you realise that in comfort, joy or horror, I encourage you to continue the tenacity of Paige and move, ‘Beyond gender, beyond possessions and beyond the past’ after watching this show,” Samuel said.
Hir is at The Playhouse until Saturday, 19 March. Shows are nightly at 7.30 pm and 2pm on Saturday. Tickets are available through Civic Theatre website.