“Everyone knows that friendships made in bathrooms are ones that last for life”
Cactus follows Abbie and her best friend Pb as they navigate their last year of high school. It’s going well. I mean, they’re still virgins, but it’s going well. Milestones are being met. Exams are drawing near. Freedom is on the horizon. Then Abbie gets some news that suddenly and unceremoniously plunges her into a world she wasn’t ready for.
Madelaine Nunn’s Cactus is a brutally funny, heartbreakingly honest, award-winning play for anyone who is or ever has been a teenager. Exploring the power of friendship and unspoken female truths, Cactus reminds us of the excitement and confusion of being confronted by the adult world.
Winner of the ATYP Rebel Wilson Theatre Maker Scholarship, shortlisted for the Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award, nominated for an Australian Writer’s Guild Award, and selected for the 2023 VCE Theatre Studies Unit 4 Playlist, Cactus was inspired by the beauty and ferocity of female friendship alongside the taboos and shame that start in adolescence and continue to confront women throughout their lives.