Can a white dress ever be enough to make amends for the torments of the world?

There wasn’t just one white dress. There were two.

One remained in Milan, pristine. The other was worn on an unusual and symbolic journey, hitchhiking from Milan to Jerusalem to promote world peace. Shockingly, during this long-form performance work, Pippa Bacca was abducted, raped and murdered.

Can art inspire radical change? Can a white dress ever be enough to make amends for the torments of the world?

The White Dress’ is another brilliant and complex solo work from the creative team behind ‘alias Grace’, ‘Stripped’ and ‘La Douleur’.

‘… an intricate solo performance by Lee, tackling a complex internal landscape, and some desolating themes, with humour and poignancy.’ – The Age, 2023 on ‘June

★★★★ ‘This is a small work in theatrical terms but a vast one in its human impact. If theatre is about understanding ourselves and others, it is as grand as theatre can be.’ – Arts Hub, 2019 on ‘The Year of Magical Thinking

‘Laurence Strangio’s skilful direction is deceptively simple and his production is simultaneously intimate and alienating. … an engrossing theatrical experience with assured acting and direction.’ – The Herald Sun, 2016 on ‘L’amante anglaise

Content Warning: References to physical and sexual violence

Performed by Caroline Lee

Directed by Laurence Strangio

Adapted by Laurence Strangio and Caroline Lee from ‘The White Dress‘ by Nathalie Léger

Image by Laurence Strangio


Access Information:

Visual rating 50%: Events are partly subtitled or include dialogue, background music and/or sounds, so d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences can have some engagement with the event.

Aural Rating 50%: Has both sound and visual components, but sight isn’t essential to be able to engage with the event.