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Blank Space Productions presents Unbound

“Action is eloquence” Volumnia, Coriolanus

Unbound takes a sharp look at Shakespeare’s female characters. Using movement & text we re-frame their stories to illuminate their humanity, worth & agency.

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Juliet. Lady Macbeth. Desdemona. Ophelia.

Desiring, manipulative, dedicated or mad. – these are Shakespeare’s women.

Unbound subverts the oppressed role of women in Shakespeare’s plays, refocusing their stories as powerful and valuable narratives for today. We are exploring some of theatre’s greatest and most complicated female characters, placing them under the microscope of a post #metoo world. This is a theatrical exploration of the mystery, mythology and misogyny in the works of William Shakespeare.

The project is a collaboration between six Perth-based artists across dance and theatre led by WAAPA graduates Gala Shevtsov (Where The Giant Fell, 2017) and Ryan Marano (Il latte versato, 2019). It features director/actor Bridget Le May (Threshold, 2018) performer/filmmaker Hannah Evelyn (Hypatia, 2017) choreographer/dancer Kynan Hughes (Sunset, 2019) and playwright/actor Mararo Wangai (Improvement Club, 2018).

This dynamic and innovative work has a 2 month creative development at the Midland Junction Arts Centre starting in June 2019. There is a public invitation to view the performance at end of the residency, giving us an opportunity to share what we have made and receive feedback.

Theatre remains relevant when it reflects changes in society and Shakespeare’s unequal focus on male characters is not only a symptom of gender inequality but a continuation of it. Shakespeare wrote in the 1600’s. It’s now 2019. The rules have changed and it’s time to hear the voices and stories of Shakespeare’s female characters. Only 16% of Shakespeare’s characters are female and 17% of speeches are spoken by a woman.

Unbound has been chosen by Creative Partnerships Australia for their Match funding program which means that every dollar you give is doubled. We need to raise $6000 to reach our fundraising goal of $12,000. All funds raised will go towards insurances, documentation, wages for all 6 artists and for our producer Dana Nguyen. If we raise over $6000 we can also fund costumes, music composition and set!

If we reach our target it will guarantee a sustainable development, allowing us to dedicate our time to being in the space. By securing this time together we can dive into the text and investigate how Shakespeare’s characters conform to gender stereotypes and how we can reframe and subvert the power balance in these stories for today.

You can connect with us online at Blank Space Productions’ Facebook and Instagram pages. And if you’re in Perth, come to our showings in August! We would love to meet you, share this work and hear your feedback.

Please support this project by making a donation.

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A 2016 graduate of WAAPA’s BPA: Performance Making course, Ryan is an ever-curious performance maker, construction worker and emerging broadcaster. His performances/creations include: “The Disposable” for TILT at the Blueroom Theatre (2016), IntotheMask’s “Yellow Belly” Perth’s Fringe World Festival (2017), STRUT Dance’s “Terror Incognita” at the Studio Underground (2017), “Feedback” Summer Nights (2018), and “The Second Woman” at PICA for Perth Festival (2018). Ryan also Co-Produced the play “Soup”, which debuted at Perth’s Fringe World Festival 2018 at the Perth Town Hall. In August 2018 Ryan graduated with a Postgraduate Certificate in Broadcasting from ECU, and since February 2017, runs the conversation podcast series The Perthian Chronicles.

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