Too Ready Mirror premieres this Melbourne Fringe as a part of the 2017 Darebin Arts Speakeasy Season
Address: 189 High St, Northcote
Date: 15 - 28 September, 2017
Time: Tues - Sun 8:30pm (days vary, please see booking page)
Ticket: $28 Full, $25 Concession and Grps 4+, $20 Preview and Tuesday
Buy / Ticket: http://www.darebinarts.com.au/whats-on/ready-mirror-jamaica-zuanetti
Call: 03 9481 9500
Running from the 15th of the 28th of September as a part of the 2017 Darebin Arts Speakeasy season, 'Too Ready Mirror' transports audiences from the squalor of Nell Gwynn’s 17th century London, to the rumpled bed of Ruby in current day Melbourne, to the suffocating dorm of Lily and Alma in the future, who are imprisoned by The Institution. Three overlapping worlds. Four trapped women.
'Too Ready Mirror' highlights issues of female subjectivity, demonstrating the ways in which we shape ourselves and are shaped to the world around us. The play continues in the vein of the current boom of powerful Australian feminist theatre; to subvert the ways in which women are portrayed on stage and break down traditional modes of representation. It is new work that highlights the legacy for women of gender conditioning and compromised subjectivity.
"The inspiration for the show came from my own experience of being a woman and Simone de Beauvoir’s observation; "It is, again, one of the loving woman's misfortunes to find that her very love disfigures her, destroys her, she is nothing more than this slave, this servant, this too ready mirror, this too faithful echo.", explains playwright Jamaica Zuanetti.
"I’m very much interested in the performative nature of being female and the rules that are set out for women to follow. I wanted to examine how women are conditioned to perform the role of female - from the way they present themselves physically, to the way they act in social situations and their relationships. What is it about contemporary society that shapes the way women act and perform? What IS this role? Why are women constantly presented and viewed as sexual commodities? The play has a lot of references to the body and being trapped by it and in it, it will be a highly visceral experience, as well as a thought provoking one."
A Melbourne-based writer and performer, Jamaica Zuanetti graduated with a Master of Writing for Performance from the Victorian College of the Arts. Currently a playwright in residence with Lonely Company, 'Too Ready Mirror' will be her first full length play. A powerful exploration of female sexuality and empowerment across generations, not to be missed during this years' Melbourne Fringe Festival.
Written by Jamaica Zuanetti ~ Directed by Rachel Baring ~ Dramaturgy by Keziah Warner ~ Sound Design by Russell Goldsmith ~ Set and Costume Design by Daniel Moulds ~ Lighting Design by John Collopy ~ Performed by Emina Ashman, Heath Ivey-Law, Ciume Lochner, Shoshannah Oks and Jessica Tanner
Too Ready Mirror is proudly presented and supported by the City of Darebin through their Darebin Arts Speakeasy season.