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Triple X

A deep dive into the unknowable contours of attraction from two-time Griffin Award-winner Glace Chase.

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Triple X

Date: 20 Oct 2021

Scotty is living the dream.

A successful Wall Street banker, he has just bought a Tribeca loft for a cool $3m and is about to marry his beautiful and loaded girlfriend Kymberley.

But Scotty has a secret that will outrage both his conservative mother Deb and progressive sister Claire: his ongoing affair with charismatic trans drag performer Dexie.

Originally programmed for the 2020 season before being postponed due to the COVID pandemic, Triple X examines their relationship.

Chase says it’s important for a range of queer stories to be told on Australian mainstages so audiences can gain a deeper understanding of other people’s lived experiences.

Triple X is a unique story and it’s mainly from the point of view of the straight guy who is romantically interested in a trans woman,” says Chase.

“We’ve never seen something (empathetically) explore what he and they would go through, and never on a mainstage. I think the general public still struggles to fully understand the trans experience, but I think they want to. Hopefully this will help.

“Even more than identity politics, Triple X is a love story between two very conflicted, passionate souls. And who doesn’t love a sexy thwarted romance?”

Sydney Theatre Company’s Associate Director Paige Rattray (The Beauty Queen of Leenane) helms an ensemble cast of Josh McConville (Cloud Nine), Christen O’Leary, Contessa Treffone (The Harp in the South) and Elijah Williams.

The show’s explicit language and candour about all things sex may be confronting for some people, says Chase. But it was important to her the show did not censor her real experiences.

“In my world, people speak and act like this,” she said. “I understand that it might be shocking for some, but you can’t unlink explicit sexuality from the romantic reality of many trans people’s lives. We so often exist in the shadows. I wanted to be brutally honest and make people experience what it’s like from the inside.”

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