A Gender Odyssey

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?

Based on truth,  A Gender Odyssey is a surprisingly emotional cabaret. Performing with glamour and style, Hera Fox sits elegantly on the tipping point of perceived masculinity and femininity.

After years serving in smelly old footwear, Hera, ‘retail assistant extraordinaire’, is promoted to homewares and is now a pillow and quilt expert. As well as selling soft furnishings,  Hera collects crayons, auditions compulsively, loves clubbing and bright colours, and just wants to find where they belong…  or escape into their favourite musical numbers for solace and reprieve.

Using comedy and storytelling, and accompanied by the incredible Amanda Hodder on the piano, A Gender Odyssey is a heartfelt exploration of what it takes to thrive in a world defined by the expectations of others.

I’ve wanted to do this show for quite a while but now it’s happening because I’ve actually got the backing to make it a show rather than just me showing up to some pub, singing a few songs and then saying ‘gender is fucked’ I can actually make this something that a broader audience will come and watch.”

Hera Fox


Written and Performed by
Hera Fox

Philip Channells

Peter Matheson

Musical director and Accompanist
Amanda Hodder

Set and costume Design
Jill Munro

Lighting Design
Andrew “Ghost” Macdonald

Produced by
Performing Lines TAS

Information for Presenters

Presentation History

Theatre Royal Backspace
Hobart, TAS

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

In 2016 Hera Fox pitched their idea for their first solo show Lipstick at the Performing Lines Tas (formerly Tas Performs) Annual Artist Residency.  After the residency Lipstick was selected for the 2017 RAWspace program as part of Ten Days on the Island Festival and attended PACT Youth Theatre Queer Development program in Sydney. Hera worked with a local collaborative team in Melbourne to present the work at the Butterfly Club  in September 2017 as part of Melbourne Fringe as Maybe This Time.  During 2017 Performing Lines Tas supported Hera to work with Dramaturg Peter Matheson, Director Philip Channells and Designer Jill Munro as part of an intensive creative development and writing process for the 2018 season.

Photos by Amy Brown

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