A compelling collection of short plays about women who stand up, rebel, and kick ass, this November Theatre Works celebrates our next generation of power women writers in their Chapter Three program.
Spearheaded and directed by much-lauded Melbourne arts makers Bridget Balodis and Krystalla Pearce, She is Vigilante is sourced from a group of emerging female writers and developed and performed by a community-based ensemble comprised of trained and untrained actors.
Working with these new writers since February 2019, Balodis and Pearce have assisted in the development of script and concept, with a theme centring on the topic of women vigilantes. Featuring five original works She is Vigilante answers a call for female representation, both on stage and off.
Premiere works and writers in She is Vigilante include:
Chanella Macri with You May Not Rest Now, There are Monsters Nearby – Seven children. Abducted from seven of the safest, well lit neighbourhoods. A story about colonisation, anger and where you have to be born for your life to matter.
Ivana Brehas and Krystalla Pearce with Vigil/ant/e – Three vignettes exploring rape culture, misogyny, and female anger in which we watch a wor(l)d evolve and change its meaning, from vigil into vigilant and finally vigilante.
Lauren Anderson and Meegan May with Athena, Huntress of Men – When a late night commute turns deadly, a woman and her attacker come face to face with a crotch-kicking, hair-whipping masked guardian.
Roshelle Fong with Papillon741929butterflyemoji – VR artist and programmer Vivien has created a virtual path-way for refugees to return home as avatars. But when their physical world lives become compromised, how far will Vivien go to protect their anonymity?
Maja Amanita with Robot Coupe – A satirical series of adverts for domestic appliances used by women in self de-fence.
Renowned for being the birthplace of some of Australia’s most exciting artists and arts makers, Theatre Works continues that tradition by offering Melbourne audiences a unique and never seen before catalogue of works and artists with She is Vigilante.
Running for eight shows only from the 7th to the 16th of November, this premiere season is an impressive re-minder that women can be scary, powerful, and ferocious. Not to be missed.
Bookings: (03) 9534 3388 or online at www.theatreworks.org.au/program/she-is-vigilante/