Heather Mitchell. Photo: Rene Vaile

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The Sydney Theatre Company are excited to present a new show which crosses the gender binary between male and female, Still Point Turning: The Catherine McGregor Story. 

Based on real life interviews conducted over a number of months with Catherine McGregor, the play was created as part of the Rough Drafts program in 2016.

Actor for young Malcolm, Andrew Guy said, “The show is a really truthful, moving piece about Catherine McGregor, an iconic Australian figure who is very bold and courageous. She is wrapped around a bit of controversy now and again about what she says, but I think audiences will expect a really nice, true to life story about one of Australia’s figures of recent times.”

The story’s underlying message is that everybody is important and has a unique story to share.

“There will be quite a few reactions, we hope that people are really moved and come away feeling inspired by Catherine’s story and are more compassionate and aware of the transgender experience in life. We could get people that are quite taken aback or struggle with some of the ideas if they’re quite focused on male and female binaries, so it depends on who’s coming, we just hope that most of the audiences are open hearted to wanting to hear a story of great struggle and triumph.”

With an ensemble cast, they each play a variety of characters and Guy’s main character is young Malcolm.

“I play Catherine as a young boy from the ages of six to eight and how he grew up, so it’s quite an exciting character. It’s nice to be a trans actor playing in a cast of this calibre, I think it’s a really nice time in Australia where the industry is really opening up to diversity and we have a really diverse cast and crew of trans actors, trans directors and really strong leading roles of experienced acting so I hope people come along and see it,” Guy concluded.

Apr 21-26. The Wharf, 4 Hickson Road. Tickets: $52-$75+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.sydneytheatre.com.au

By Jade Morellini.