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
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.
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