She Is Vigilante is an exercise in opening doors, giving voice and performance-space to artists who are not usually granted access.
The short plays featured come from 6 writers from a variety of disciplines, including television, performance and multimedia and our performers have been sourced via open callout, creating an ensemble of local, largely untrained women.
Co- Director: Bridget Balodis
Co-Director: Krystalla Pearce
Set and Costume Designer: Bethany Fellows<
Lighting Designer: Rachel Lee
Sound Designer: Rexon Pelman
Creative Producer: Siobhan Connors
Cast: Lucy Ansell, Sarah Berry, Clare Birtles, Vicki Coates, Emily Courtenay, Natasha Jordan, Jacqueline Mariz, Hayley Marlow, Felicity McIntosh, Rhonda Purczeld, Emily Shelmerdine, Alice Stewart, Desiree Tan
Hi we’re Krystalla Pearce and Bridget Balodis, and our latest work She Is Vigilante opens on the 7th of November. This series of five short plays has been over a year in the making and we’re thrilled to share it with you!
WHY MAKE THIS SHOW?
She is Vigilante is a 75 minute collection of five short plays about women vigilantes. The works are written by 6 Victorian women writers, selected through an anonymous call-out process.
This work engages with the history and people of St Kilda, Melbourne. Through community outreach we have created a performing ensemble of 13 women who range in age from 20-70+ and come from a variety of lived experiences.
By placing these women into narratives of empowerment, strength and change we aim to change perceptions about the limits of their bodies; for them and for our audiences. We see presenting complex women characters and diverse bodies on stage as ways of changing how women are perceived – where they have been devalued or overlooked, they may become inspiring or even scary.
WHY HELP US?
Even though we have been lucky to receive some funding, the budget for independent work is always very tight and we still have a significant shortfall. We are paying a team of 26 people and also working in a space that will require a thoughtful and flexible design. This is a huge work for us, it’s political, urgent and timely, and we want support our team as best we can!
We are looking to raise a final $2000 by the 31st of October.
The money we raise will help us with funding publicity, boosting our performer fees and….hiring a cheese costume. Our team are bringing such heart to this project and we want them to be able to share that with audiences
You can also help by coming to show and inviting your friends by sharing the event listing:
Thanks so much!
Krystalla, Bridget and the She Is Vigilante team.
Images by Sarah Walker