In 2010, Jo Pollitt and Maitland Schnaars, both writers, began a conversation on Facebook Messenger. They started writing in script form, giving mutual permission to speak and ask each other any questions. No taboos. No restraints.
Using materials from what has been a decade-long conversation, they have assembled a poetic narrative born from distance, time, openness and honesty.
The result is a provocative dialogue about intimacy in black and white Australia – migrant and original populations, identity, and presence.
Combining dramatic storytelling, audio-visual and choreographic language, The Simmering is a side-by-side duet of emotional and intellectual intimacy that renders visible the things too hard to say between culture and identity.