"I've got a bronze medallion in Surf Life Saving
And I can neck a back of goon
In the time it takes to sing the theme tune
To Home and Away.
I'm about as Aussie as it gets."
director: Robert Awosusi
writer/performer: Jules Orcullo
dramaturgs: Tilly Lunken & Yolanda Mercy
phroot sahlad zooms in on Perry, a young Filipina-Australian woman stuck in Brisbane’s sweaty suburbia as she undergoes therapy for vaginismus – a condition involving involuntary spasm of vaginal muscles. Perry begins to construct a narrative for her psychosomatic pain – or her “clenchy cunt” as she calls it. As she juggles expectations of Filipino Catholicism, white Australian heterosexuality, model minority family ethics, and living as a fetishised East Asian woman in the Western world, she gives us clues into how her interior world has made an near indelible impact on her physiology and vice versa.
Semi-autobiographical in its content, phroot sahlad connects with audiences on a person-to-person level, facilitating real-time conversations about sexual health as culturally inflected. It’s a daughter of interdisciplinary, feminist live art, all about sharing and divulging as both radical and nurturing.
In March-April 2017, phroot sahlad was be presented at Lyric Hammersmith's Evolution Festival (London), The North Wall Arts Centre's Alchymy Festival (Oxford) and Camden People's Theatre's Hotbed Festival (London). These performances featured a 3-person cast consisting of Vanora Fung, Ellen O'Connor, and Jules Orcullo.
Incubated as part of Lyric Hammersmith’s Development Lab, phroot sahlad has been scratched and showcased as a solo show at Camden People’s Theatre, The Pleasance, The Space, and Tara Arts.
Some phrooty love from our audiences so far:
‘LOVED IT! Laughed loads.’ ‘Clever and funny!’ ‘Light relief on a heavy subject, delivered well’, ‘Hilarious! A great light way to open a deep issue.’
'The persona is very strong and personable, and the subject matter, fascinating’, ‘extremely relatable, loveable and hilarious’.
‘Totally connected with it… brilliant!’