phroot sahlad

Dates and Times

Tue 25 April at 7.15pm

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Ticket information

£12 / 10

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Presented by Jules Orcullo and Robert Awosusi


“I’ve got a bronze medallion in Surf Life Saving
And I can neck a back of goon
In the time it takes to sing the theme tune
To Home and Away.
I’m about as Aussie as it gets.”

phroot sahlad zooms in on Perry, a young Filipina-Australian woman stuck in Brisbane’s sweaty suburbia as she undergoes therapy for vaginismus – a condition involving the involuntary spasm of vaginal muscles. Perry begins to construct a narrative for her psychosomatic pain – or her “clenchy cunt” as she calls it. As she juggles expectations of Filipino Catholicism, white Australian heterosexuality, family ethics, and living as a fetishised East Asian woman in the Western world, she gives us clues into how her world has made a profound impact on her physiology and vice versa.

Semi-autobiographical in its content, phroot sahlad facilitates real-time conversations about sexual health as culturally inflected. It’s a high-energy and colourful intermingling of comedy, cabaret, visual theatre and new writing accompanied by a fiercely nostalgic all-Australian soundtrack. There’ll be live music, laughter, fun and games and a chance to be part of some thought-provoking, intersectional conversation.

Written by Jules Orcullo
Director: Robert Awosusi
Dramaturgy: Yolanda Mercy and Tilly Lunken
Cast: Jules Orcullo, Vanora Fung and Ellen O’Connor

With development support from the Lyric Hammersmith, London.

About the company

Jules Orcullo and Robert Awosusi make socially active theatre that amplifies marginalised voices, stories, and lived experiences. Their work uses fun, interactive and multidisciplinary means to facilitate meaningful conversations about culture, ethnicity, migration and otherness. phroot sahlad is their second collaboration since April 2016.

Image credit Talula Sheppard


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