Zeb: A Gender Odyssey

Zeb - A Gender Odyssey

Is our authentic self who we wish to be or who we are? ‘Zeb: A Gender Odyssey’ is a new Tasmania Performs production, written and performed by trans, queer artist Zeb Direen, who sits elegantly on the tipping point of perceived masculinity and femininity.

If you’re not sure if you’re a man, or a woman, how do you survive when the world expects you to tick just one box?

After years serving in smelly old footwear, Zeb, ‘retail assistant extraordinaire’, is promoted to homewares and is now a pillow and quilt expert. Zeb also uses ‘they’ and ‘them’, instead of ‘he’ or ‘she’ when describing themself. They just want to find where they belong… or escape into their favourite musical numbers for solace and reprieve.

This show is all about gender identity. How we are perceived by people and how we see ourselves to be, and how the social constructs around us stop us from embracing or changing to be the people we want to be. Zeb Direen

Zeb rehearsal headhot edited

Performer: Zeb Direen / Image: Philip Channells

This new production brings together a diverse team of local Tasmanian and interstate artists for a heartfelt exploration of what it takes to thrive in a world defined by the expectations of others.

Collaborators include:

Zeb Direen (writer & performer), Philip Channells (director), Amanda Hodder (musical director & accompanist), Jill Munro (production designer), Andrew ‘Ghost’ MacDonald (lighting designer), Peter Matheson (dramaturg), Rosie Pidd (stage manager) and Annette Downs (producer).

Season: 7:30pm on 13th – 14th July and 17th – 21st July 2018

Venue: Theatre Royal Backspace, Hobart

For tickets and more information click here.

Main Image: Amy Brown