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Whores and Weeping Women

BY Carla Kissane | 27-Oct-2014
What is it that makes a leading lady? Our role models are rock stars, but in Shakespeare’s time the Queens were tweeting selfies just the same. Find out what happens when Shakespeare’s misfortunate maidens are revealed through the music of Amy Winehouse, Rhianna, Florence + The Machine and then some… Whores and Weeping Women was born out of two years as an understudy in Shakespeare and Musical Theatre. This prompted an exploration of ‘greatness’ in all its forms - queens in Shakespeare’s time, pop divas today. To my surprise I discovered that these ‘perfect women’ were hugely flawed. What if their weakness- far from being an obstacle, was also the source of their greatest strength? As Ophelia so deftly put it: ‘Lord, we know what we are, but know not what we may be.’ Greatness then, was as simple as making peace with ourselves. And celebrating our own infinite variety.
Venue: DownStairs at the Maj, His Majesty's Theatre
Address: 825 Hay Street Perth WA 6000
Date: 14th - 15th November 2014
Time: 7pm & 9pm
Ticket: $35 / $30
Buy / Ticket: premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=WEEPINGW14&v=DOWNMAJ
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Image courtesy of tony rive @ triggerpoint photography
‘What is it that makes a leading lady?’ Our role models are rock stars, but in Shakespeare’s time the Queens were tweeting selfies just the same. Find out what happens when Shakespeare’s misfortunate maidens are revealed through the music of Amy Winehouse, Rhianna, Florence + The Machine and then some… Whores and Weeping Women was born out of two years as an understudy in Shakespeare and Musical Theatre. This prompted an exploration of ‘greatness’ in all its forms - queens in Shakespeare’s time, pop divas today. To my surprise I discovered that these ‘perfect women’ were hugely flawed. What if their weakness- far from being an obstacle, was also the source of their greatest strength? 

As Ophelia so deftly put it: ‘Lord, we know what we are, but know not what we may be.’ Greatness then, was as simple as making peace with ourselves. And celebrating our own infinite variety. Carla Kissane is a graduate of the Bachelor of Dramatic Arts (Acting) course at the VCA. Since graduating, Carla has worked extensively in theatre and music theatre, touring nationally and working with well-known companies Magnormos, Complete Works Theatre Company and the Australian Shakespeare Company, among others. Written and performed by Carla Kissane ~ Directed by Andrew Blackman ~ Musically directed by Andrew Patterson ~ Costume by Zoë Felice ~ Photography by triggerpoint photography ~ All media enquiries to Talei Howell-Price @ taleihm@bigpond.net.au