Claire Ellen O’Connor tweezes apart her tumultuous relationship with hair in Plucked!, a glittering cabaret show hitting Sydney for one night only.
Set in a teenage bedroom circa 2003, this show takes us from O’Connor’s first time picking up a razor, through to the decision to shave her head at 17-years-old, and beyond.
“It seems like this really insignificant thing that grows out of our bodies but really people can make all sorts of assumptions [based on hair] about our sexuality, our socio-economic background, our age, our personality, all of these things because of hair!” said O’Connor.
“Hair can represent a man’s masculinity but it can also represent a woman’s femininity, so where is that grey area?”
Plucked! was first performed at Adelaide Fringe Festival where it took home the Weekly Emerging Artist Award. However, this show’s first incarnation began back in 2013, when O’Connor first began to unpack her insecurities around hair as a music theatre graduate.
O’Connor revisits this show with a decade’s worth of experience in the entertainment industry, where a woman’s body and her choices on how to groom it come under particularly intense scrutiny, and from a place of more confidence in herself and her identity.
“I always have looked at the flaws in myself and wanted to be different…I think as a show that really is talking about identity, and sexuality and beauty, it really requires a performer who is confident in who they are…I’m really proud of who I am and I’ve come such a long way as a performer.” (AM)
Jul 12. The Newsagency, 74-76 Pyrmont Bridge Rd, Annandale. $25-$30. Tickets & info: www.thenewsagencyvenue.com