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Issue Details: First known date: 2003... 2003 Love
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'Tanya, Annie and Lorenzo are on the bottom of the heap. They're young but already the youth has been wrung out of them. They've been abused, they're abusive, and they're difficult to like let alone to love. But it is love in all its distorted and mutated forms that holds them together. Annie and Tanya make a pact; their love will protect them from an unloving world and it will endure. Even the dreadful and charming Lorenzo will not threaten it. Only doubt in each other's love can put a wedge between them.' (Back cover, Currency Press, 2006)

Production Details

  • First produced at the Hothouse Theatre, Wodonga, Victoria, 27 October 2005 followed by performances at the Malthouse Theatre, Southbank, Melbourne, Victoria in a Hothouse Theatre production on 16 November 2005.

    Director: Lauren Taylor.


    Given a staged reading by La Mama Theatre, Carlton, as part of their 50th birthday celebrations, 16 July 2017.

    Read by Nicci Wilks, Peta Brady, and James O'Connell.


    Performed by Darlinghurst Theatre Company as part of their 2018 season, 16 November - 9 December 2018.

    Director: Rachel Chant.

    Lighting Designer: Sian James-Holland

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 2003
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Currency Press , 2006 .
      Extent: 90p.
      Note/s:
      • Includes programme for the B Sharp production at the Belvoir St Theatre November 2006.
      ISBN: 1868197947, 9780868197944
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Lovely Lovely Sometimes Ugly Patricia Cornelius , Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2019 17387702 2019 selected work drama

    'In Lovely Lovely Sometimes Ugly, a collection of four plays by one of Australia’s most fearless playwrights, Patricia Cornelius displays all her skill, wit, beauty and anger, and serves them up like a still beating heart on a chipped plate.

    'Cornelius’s signature grungy poetic style is at its finest in the early play Love, a brutally beautiful journey into the emotional core of three broken souls in a broken world. In SLUT, a short, sharp stab into the heart of internalised misogyny, Cornelius explores the life and perceived crimes of Lolita, a schoolgirl whose sexual confidence both frightens and fascinates her peers. In The Club takes us into the adrenalin-fuelled, macho-pumped world of professional footballers and its intersection with slut-shaming and issues of consent. And in the sweeping, Lorca-inspired The House of Bernadette, the family of women left behind after the death of a patriarch is a goldmine of female desire, sexual repression, and individual compromise.'

    Source: Publisher's blurb.

    Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2019

Works about this Work

Patricia Cornelius’s Love and Shit Alison Croggon , 2019 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 8-14 June 2019;

'Love and Shit, an exhilarating double bill by Patricia Cornelius at fortyfivedownstairs, expose the uncomfortable realities of Australia’s underclass. In doing so, these plays remind us how vital theatre can be. By Alison Croggon.' 

The Life In Them Words Ben Brooker , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , November 2016;
Love and Other Bruising Addictions Victoria Laurie , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 22 May 2006; (p. 13)

— Review of Love Patricia Cornelius , 2003 single work drama
Love Owen Richardson , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 27 November 2005; (p. 30)

— Review of Love Patricia Cornelius , 2003 single work drama
Love Cameron Woodhead , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 21 November 2005; (p. 15)

— Review of Love Patricia Cornelius , 2003 single work drama
Love Cameron Woodhead , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 21 November 2005; (p. 15)

— Review of Love Patricia Cornelius , 2003 single work drama
Love Owen Richardson , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 27 November 2005; (p. 30)

— Review of Love Patricia Cornelius , 2003 single work drama
Love and Other Bruising Addictions Victoria Laurie , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 22 May 2006; (p. 13)

— Review of Love Patricia Cornelius , 2003 single work drama
The Life In Them Words Ben Brooker , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , November 2016;
Patricia Cornelius’s Love and Shit Alison Croggon , 2019 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 8-14 June 2019;

'Love and Shit, an exhilarating double bill by Patricia Cornelius at fortyfivedownstairs, expose the uncomfortable realities of Australia’s underclass. In doing so, these plays remind us how vital theatre can be. By Alison Croggon.' 

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