On The Bodily Education of Young Girls

30 May — 9 June 2013

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Inspired by Frank Wedekind’s 1903 novella Mine-Haha, or On the Bodily Education of Young Girls

From the team behind the highly acclaimed Persona comes a theatrical experience of radical and daring intimacy, inspired by Frank Wedekind’s 1903 novella.

In the middle of nowhere lies a unique boarding institution for girls. Here, in this idyllic refuge, cut off from the outside world, a group of young girls studies ballet and biology. We watch as they’re groomed for an unknown future.

Silent and tranquil, the safety of their surrounds is laced with threat. Each aspect of their lives – presented and viewed in lucid, cinematic detail – is book-ended by their unexplained arrival and departure.

On the Bodily Education of Young Girls brings together some of Melbourne’s most exciting theatre makers, to create a sublime exploration of innocence and power.

Created in collaboration with St Martins Youth Arts Centre. Performed by teens and adults, for an adult audience.


‘This is a weird and wonderful theatrical experience: sleep on it, and let your unconscious decode its meanings for you.’ – The Age (on Persona)

FRAUGHT OUTFIT was launched in 2010 by artistic director Adena Jacobs. Its first production, Sophocles’ Elektra, translated by Anne Carson, received three Green Room nominations including Best Direction (Independent). In 2012, the company premiered Ingmar Bergman’s Persona to critical acclaim at Theatre Works. In 2013, Persona will be presented at Malthouse Theatre and Belvoir St Theatre.

Artwork for Fantine Banulski

Fantine Banulski

Artwork for Bianca Coppa

Bianca Coppa

Artwork for Tove Due

Tove Due

Artwork for Luisa Hastings Edge

Luisa Hastings Edge

Artwork for Cindy Hu

Cindy Hu

Artwork for Annie McKenna-Freeman

Annie McKenna-Freeman

Artwork for Lois Scott

Lois Scott

Artwork for Carla Tilley

Carla Tilley

Artwork for Mika Andrew

Mika Andrew

Artwork for Artemis Wilson

Artemis Wilson

Artwork for Adena Jacobs

Adena Jacobs

Artwork for Aaron Orzech

Aaron Orzech

Artwork for

Chloe Greaves

Chloe Greaves

The Waiting Room is Chloe’s debut with the MTC. Some of her most recent costume designs included Blak Cabaret (Sydney Festival/ Malthouse); The Magic Pudding (Victorian Opera); On the Bodily Education of Young Girls (Fraught Outfit/NEON Festival), Le Donna Curiose (The Juliard School, New York); Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Essential Theatre); Thérese Raquin and The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Dirty Pretty Theatre); and Pacific Overtures (Watch This Productions). Chloe also works in film and television, and has designed music videos for San Cisco, Guy Sebastian, Montaigne, and Imperial Teen. Chloe won the Green Room Award for her Body of Work in 2014 and has been nominated another four times: in 2014 in the Musical Theatre category for Pacific Overtures; in 2013, in the Opera category for The Magic Pudding (set and costume); in 2012, in the Independent Theatre category for her costume design in The Pineapple Sorrow (Crossditch Theatre); and in 2010, the Independent Theatre category in 2010 for The Fate of Franklin and his Gallant Crew (Four Larks Theatre).

Artwork for Pia Johnson

Pia Johnson