‘In the end, my dear, you will understand your greatest role – or, rather, why it is that you can never play it.’
For thousands of years, they’ve haunted our stages. From our childhood, they’ve stalked through our dreams, tears in their eyes and blood on their teeth. Beautiful, monstrous, they challenge and taunt us to explore the limits of experience; they dare us to walk in their footsteps, to speak in their voices.
Now that sexism is a thing of the past and we’re all equal, it’s time to take a fond look back at the great heroines of classic theatre. And what better way to celebrate their legacy than by pitching them against one another in a viciously entertaining battle royale? How can that be wrong?
Elbow Room turn gender anxiety on its head in a witty and playful evening that promises to ask only one serious question: have there ever been women in theatre?
Post-show NEON CONVERSATION
Sunday 12 July
Doll Parts: Feminism and Theatre in an Era of Borrowed Prestige
Elbow Room with Clementine Ford
About Elbow Room
Elbow Room are a contemporary performance ensemble based in Melbourne. Since 2008, their distinctive combination of intellectual curiosity and performative wit has garnered critical acclaim, sell-out seasons in several cities, and multiple re-presentations by festivals around Australia.
Their awards include two Green Room Awards for Best Ensemble and Best Director (Independent) and Best Performance at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, for After All This (2011) and Prehistoric (2014). Their most recent creation, the queer sci-fi epic The Motion of Light in Water, was commissioned by HotHouse Theatre and co-presented by Theatre Works, and will be presented by La Boite Indie in November 2015.
Directors Marcel Dorney, Emily Tomlins
Written by Marcel Dorney, Rachel Perks
Creative Consultants Tanya Dickson, Daniel Evans
Production Designer House of Vnholy
Costume Designers Chloe Greaves, Zoe Rouse
Lighting Designer Kris Chainey
Movement Director Helen Duncan
Composer Josh Hodge
Assistant Director Sarah McCormick
Production Manager/Stage Manager Julia Truong
Assistant Stage Manager Kat Timms
Producer Dean Cartmel
Cast & Co-Creatives include Tamiah Bantum, Amy Ingram, Kasia Kaczmarek, Maurial Spearim, Sonya Suares and Emily Tomlins
- This production contains nudity, violence, adult themes, coarse language, strobe lighting, smoke effects and descriptions of racial and sexual abuse and bullying.