Still Point Turning: The Catherine McGregor story (Sydney Theatre Company)

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Ian Dickson Monday, 30 April 2018
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In the introduction to her seminal memoir of life as a transgender person, Conundrum (1974), the author Jan Morris makes it clear that she is not concerned with merely narrating the facts of her condition. ‘What was important’ to relate ‘was the liberty of us all to live as we wished to live, to love however we wanted to love, and to know ourselves, however peculiar, disconcerting or unclassifiable, at one with the gods and angels.'

In a decidedly earthier and more Australian style, this is exactly what the remarkable combination of Catherine McGregor and Priscilla Jackman have sought to achieve in Still Point Turning. However the world has moved on since Morris wrote those words, and although we are all, in our own ways, undoubtedly peculiar, and the feisty McGregor can definitely be disconcerting, McGregor and Jackman show us that the area of gender studies has no longer made the transgender community unclassifiable.

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Ian Dickson

Ian Dickson

Ian Dickson has degrees in drama from Yale and the University of New South Wales, and is the co-author of the musical Better Known As Bee.

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