If you are going to wake me up at five am then can you at least make sure I have the motivation to use the extra time to do something productive?
Today’s the day my submission is due for the Melbourne Fringe Festival…and I am inches from having it done.
I would have thought that waking up today at 5 am would mean I was primed to knock this one off…but no, I’m avoiding it.
It’s not because I don’t want to do the show. I’m more convinced than ever that I want to do it. I think it is because I am worried I’m going to get something wrong. Worried that I will say the wrong thing in the copy or pick the wrong picture and upset people.
Well, it’s anyone who identifies as female that I am worried about upsetting.
My show is very simple. I’m going to sit in a room and hand sew a shirt whilst I listen to a woman talk about her experience of being a woman. There is no one watching us talk, our conversation is the whole performance.
It shouldn’t be a radical, outrageous or surprising thing, but it is. It is pretty likely someone is going to think that I should have done something differently.
I know why I am doing the show. I want to act on the issue of gender inequity. I want to use the momentum of the resources and privilege that I have to get men thinking about their privilege and the actions they could take to address the imbalance that currently exists between genders.
Which may start with listening, deeply, reflectively, listening to the women in their lives.
So, it’s worth taking the risk of getting something wrong on this submission.
Let’s do this.
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