The Strong Charmion at Flight Path Theatre

The Strong Charmion at Flight Path Theatre
Image: Laverie Vallee, “Miss Charmion”, 1904


An exciting new work by playwright Chloe Lethlean Higson will premiere in January
2024 at the Flight Path Theatre in Marrickville. The Strong Charmion is inspired by
history’s fierce strongwomen and follows the life and story of Rosalie Whitewood.

Set in Sydney 1921, Whitewood is the Charmion and a star spectacle of the Freize
Family circus. Performing sold-out shows across the country, Whitewood is adored
greatly for her extraordinary strength and physical capabilities. Yet, she is constantly
fetishised and ostracised for her body and talent.

Conflict arises during Whitewood’s career when she is caught between two love
affairs – one from the past and one from the present. As she navigates herself through
this challenging situation, Whitewood battles for control of her life, identity, and
desires. She must learn to cope with her struggles in order to prevent her stage
persona from falling off.

This original story from Higson, recipient of the 2023 Katie Lees Fellowship, is a
thrilling and vibrant exploration of feminine and queer rebellion. The Strong
Charmion is a representation of the many body types that defy societal norms and
imposed labels.

19 January – 27 January 2024

Addison Road Community Centre
142 Addison Road
Marrickville NSW 2204

Tickets available at

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