Figures on teen girls make great theatre

TOUGH Beauty is an arresting new theatre work by director Claudia Chidiac and Australian writer Finegan Kruckemeyer in consultation with young people from western Sydney.

Written in response to statistics that show an increase in the violence of teenage girls, Tough Beauty was based on forums and workshops with teenagers over the past three years.

It is a raw and honest look at a frightening and important evolution in the history of Australia's young girls.

Initially borne from YouTube fight clips and schoolyard insults, Tough Beauty highlights the change of what was once playground becoming a war zone. It is about the need for schoolgirls to keep their eyes down and their fists up. Half a minute of violence can decide a girl's next five years of high school.

As one appreciative reader of Tough Beauty said: "There's the girl who's new. There's the quiet girl. There's the girl with no boyfriend. And the one with too many.

"There's the girl who looks different and there's the girl who's asking for it. And there's the girl whose only offence seems to be looking at somebody the wrong way and who doesn't even know she is - but she is."

Tough Beauty will be performed at the Joan Sutherland Centre tomorrow and Saturday.

Tickets: $25-$35. Bookings: 4723 7600 or www.jspac.com.au

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