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Dictionary by a Bitch

Dictionary by a Bitch

One-woman show that explores some lesser-known stories of Bee Miles, an eccentric, bohemian rebel who helped define the character of Sydney.

performance image of Vashti Hughes
17 June 2021 7pm to 8pm


General Admission: $25.00
Concession: $20.00
State Library Friends Member: $20.00


Metcalfe Auditorium, Ground Floor
Macquarie Building
Sydney NSW 2000


Join us at the State Library during the month of June for special performances of Dictionary by a Bitch, a one-woman show that explores some lesser-known stories of Bee Miles, an eccentric, bohemian rebel who helped define the character of Sydney. This play celebrates her life through stories, songs and imagery.

Headshot image of Vashti Hughes

Vashti Hughes is a Sydney writer, performer, producer, and a theatre and cabaret artist, who has written and performed highly acclaimed work about Sydney’s historical characters and places. Her work includes Mum’s In: Stories from Razorhurst, a one-woman dark comedy cabaret, exploring Sydney’s razor gangs, which featured at the Kings Cross Hotel for over two years.

Vashti is currently performing in Battle of the Tarts, playing monthly at Silly Tart restaurant, revisiting the razor gang content. Three other local Sydney performers play in various roles, including Liesel Badorrek, director of Dictionary by a Bitch, playing the role of Tilly Devine opposite Vashti as Kate Leigh.



Performance schedule:

  • Thursday 3rd June: 7pm - 8pm
  • Saturday 5th June: 2pm - 3pm
  • Thursday 10th June: 7pm - 8pm
  • Saturday 12th June: 2pm - 3pm
  • Thursday 17th June: 7pm - 8pm
  • Saturday 19th June: 2pm - 3pm
  • Saturday 19th June: 7pm - 8pm
  • Thursday 24th June: 7pm - 8pm
  • Saturday 26th June: 2pm - 3pm
  • Saturday 26th June: 7pm - 8pm


Presentation of Dictionary by a Bitch is supported by the City of Sydney’s CBD Activation Grant program.

Performance Image credit: Stuart Spence (Photographer)


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