Transgender, cabaret, and working in retail

Shop assistants and department stores are rich pickings for comedians. Cabaret performer Zeb Direen uses a transgender character to explore dark issues with a comic touch – and a lot of feathers.

ZEB – A Gender Odyssey. Image: Supplied.

How do you thrive in a world defined by the expectations of others? That knotty problem has inspired a Hobart cabaret show: ZEB – A Gender Odyssey, about a retail assistant extraordinaire who is promoted to homewares and becomes a pillow and quilt expert.

Zeb Direen based the show on their own experiences as a non-binary person who has encountered many different experiences while working in retail, in both footwear and manchester departments.  

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