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Jane Doe wins awards

Eleanor Bishop wrote her show Jane Doe well before the #MeToo movement took off, but it’s since attracted renewed interest with the ground that it covers.

In light of the Brett Kavanaugh hearing in the White House never has Jane Doe been more relevant than now.

Closer to home, in New Zealand, one in three girls will experience unwanted sexual contact by age 16, and one in five women will experience sexual assault. 'Rape culture' is a subject that affects us all.

Interwoven with frank and funny documentary footage with young people from across America and Aotearoa, Jane Doe is a revelatory and carefully crafted discussion on consent, feminism and sexual empowerment.

The show has toured the USA, played to critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe, and has just won the Critic’s Award at Sydney Fringe Festival and Melbourne Fringe’s Tour Ready Award. As one 5-star review observes:

Jane Doe talks about campus rape as it has never been talked about on stage: Simply, matter-of-factly, and with heart, humour and intelligence. 

Actor Karin McCracken, recently interviewed for the Otago Daily Times (you can watch it in full here), explains why you shouldn’t be put off by the show description and why this show is so relevant now:

At times it can be really intense, but it’s also really funny – I guarantee you’ll laugh if you come along. It’s really warm.

 “The show's very relevant, with abuses of power run rampant in industries like Hollywood, but also across the board and in our own communities. It’s not just monsters committing crimes, it’s people who are in our lives and in our circles, who we care about.”

“It can be difficult being a performer who deals with this content every night. That said, there are also really beautiful moments in it and the fact that I get to connect with the audience is incredible. We talk about positive things in the show too…and we put structures around ourselves so we feel safe.”

Holy hell – every young person should see Jane Doe, and have the opportunity to talk about it after. Pantograph Punch

 

Possibly the most important show of the festival, we all need to talk about Jane Doe.

The Festival team is working with Heretaunga Women’s Centre to find appropriate ways to facilitate healthy ongoing conversations after the show.

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