In The Simmering, Perth-based writers Jo Pollitt and Maitland Schnaars go toe-to-toe in an emotional and intellectual boxing match that confronts the difficult, often hidden, conversations within family relations and societal roles.

For over a decade the pair have been scripting a conversation over Facebook, forming a narrative of unsettling and overlapping histories. The result is a provocative dialogue that takes form over a series of fierce rounds in an arena that is simultaneously a suburban kitchen, outback AFL field and inner-city gym. Overseen by a referee, each round attempts to maintain a sense of ‘fair play’ as the duo tussles with injustices according to class, race and gender rules.

Featuring highly skilled performers Maitland Schnaars and Rachel Arianne Ogle, The Simmering combines propelling text with choreography in a fierce yet tender confrontation that renders visible deeply felt states of conflict, love and irresolution.


Jo Pollitt and Maitland Schnaars 

Jo Pollitt 

Emily McLean 

Maitland Schnaars
Rachel Arianne Ogle

Sound Designer & Composer
Joe Paradise Lui 

Produced by
Performing Lines WA

Information for Presenters

Jeremy Smith Senior Producer
Joo Tan Associate Producer

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

Produced by Performing Lines WA, The Simmering creative development is supported by the WA Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

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