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Still Point Turning: The Catherine McGregor Story by Priscilla Jackman


THEMES: LGBTQIA, Identity and Love
LENGTH: 120 Minutes
CAST SIZE: 6 (doubling is required)

From the age of eight, Catherine McGregor knew she was a woman. But first she would have to live as a man.


Priscilla Jackman‘s Still Point Turning: The Catherine McGregor Story is an account of the fascinating life of Catherine McGregor from childhood through to the present day, told through her own words. It explores the journey of transitioning genders: the experience of gender dysphoria, the reactions of her friends and colleagues, the public scrutiny, the important connections she has made. And the life-affirming reality of expressing herself as she truly is.


From the age of eight, Catherine McGregor knew she was a woman. But first she would have to live as a man. She played many parts: son, brother, husband, athlete, soldier, speech writer. She worked in professions full of machismo, inside institutions built by men.

Everyday was a challenge, and every challenge took its toll. In 2012, aged 56, McGregor faced a turning point: end her life, or transition as a woman.

Drawn directly from countless hours of interviews with McGregor, Still Point Turning tells her story in her own words. It reveals a woman of fierce intellect, passion, incisive humour and profound feeling. It celebrates her tenacity without shying away from her faults. It is the true story of her true self.


Still Point Turning: The Catherine McGregor Story was first produced by Sydney Theatre Company premiering at Wharf1 Theatre on 26 April 2018. This production was originally developed through Sydney Theatre Company’s Rough Draft Program.

ISBN: 978 1 925338 72 0

Additional information

Weight 0.250 kg
Dimensions 21 × 15 × 0.5 cm


"And I arrived at the same point every trans person does. If I am to live on, it would be as the person I felt myself to be, or I would die."


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