Bewitched and Bedevilled

A response to the leadership of Australia's first female Prime Minster, Julia Gillard
00 Nov - 00 Oct - Subiaco Arts Centre
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Performer Natalie Allen transforms, she’s no longer Julia Gillard, she’s not ‘that woman’, she’s every woman. Powerful and defiant (Out in Perth)

#thatwomanjulia is a powerful solo work created from the parliamentary record, media reportage and public commentary around the political leadership of Australia’s first female Prime Minster, Julia Gillard.

 “…And I say to the Leader of the Opposition I will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man. I will not. And the Government will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man. Not now, not ever…and if he wants to know what misogyny looks like in modern Australia, he doesn't need a motion in the House of Representatives, he needs a mirror. That's what he needs…”

The show is structured to reflect upon selected aspects of Gillard’s story. Positioned as a form of ‘public’ gallery, visible and yet also voyeuristic, the mood is one of intimacy and exposure. Lighting and sound (a blend of sampled voice, news bite and original composition) re-create both the world of Gillard and the media circus she was a part of, providing a sense of both isolation and high stakes drama. Allen moves in and around the audience, every move she makes, every gesture is visible, this is a timely and compelling portrait that reflects on female leadership, personality, power and the body politic.

 

#thatwomanjulia format - 15mins duration

Full length show Bewitched and Bedevilled: a response to the Gillard years(working title) in development 2020

Short film JULIA in development 2020-21

Creative Team:

Created by: Natalie Allen & Sally Richardson

Director: Sally Richardson

Performer: Natalie Allen

Lighting & Sound Design: Joe Lui

Videographer/Film-maker: Deborah May (kinoki)

Producer: Steamworks Arts & Feisty Dame Productions

Timeline:

  • STRUT Shortcuts King Street Arts Centre 2018
  • Move Me Festival NEXT (STRUT/STCWA) 2018
  • DANCE MASSIVE Open Studio Program 2019
  • Hospitalfield Residency (Scotland) 2020 postponed to 2021
  • Creative development WAAPA ECU 2020
  • Creative development PLWA Creative Hub 2020

Awards:

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

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..an extremely clever piece...choreography had the exact right amalgamation and blending of subtle nuances and tongue n cheek squirm in your seat sudden blasts of shock tactics... (Fourth Wall Media)

...Allen dressed in a snazzy grey pantsuit, bright red wig and high heels stands in front of the desk and is power personified…the talented Allen twirls and strides and rails at her detractors. Richardson’s clear-eyed direction, the colour scheme (red, grey, blue), the sound composition and Allen’s intermittently frozen movements make you feel you are watching the pages of the newspaper come to life. It’s fun, farcical and cartoon-like, treating contemptuously the culture of misogyny and sexism, and reminding us that it is still prevalent... (Rita Clarke, The Australian)

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Images: Emma Fishwick

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