Consent, pleasure, boundaries, objectification - it's all
complex stuff, and for most of us, it wasn't something we were able
to examine as teenagers in a safe, guided space. Following on from
the success of Jane Doe, we're developing a new theatre work which
is made with, and for, senior secondary school students about just
those things - consent, sex, identifying unhealthy behaviours in
our relationships, and fostering healthy ones. And we need your
Crafted by Eleanor Bishop and Karin McCracken in cahoots with
students from Papakura High School and Epsom Girls' Grammar School,
Yes Yes Yes will draw from conversations and workshops
with a diverse group of young people, and feature filmed interviews
and live responses from the audience.
Yes Yes Yes is based on a previous work about rape
culture and consent created by Eleanor, called Jane Doe.
Jane Doe has toured US colleges (and continues to do so),
and was re-staged in New Zealand with Karin McCracken, subsequently
travelling to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The Guardian's chief
theatre critic Lyn Gardner suggested the show "offers such a useful
space for debate that it would be good to see this New Zealand
production rolled out in classrooms across the globe."
Thanks Lyn! We thought it might be too - but after seeking
advice from the experts, realise it doesn't quite fit for a younger
age group. With Rape Prevention Education alongside us to provide
guidance and support, we're developing Yes Yes Yes
according to the best practice teachings for 16 - 18 year olds.
This means the show will focus on the skills required to have
healthy relationships (sexual and otherwise) - respect, pleasure,
checking in with your partner, thinking about what we want to
happen. We also want find a way to safely address some of the
difficulties people face - feeling objectified, rushed, or shamed,
to name a few.
What are our plans?
This June, after a series of workshops with PHS & EGGS, and
four weeks' rehearsal, we will present the work at the Auckland
Town Hall's Concert Chamber for students, parents, principals,
theatre teachers and health teachers from as many Auckland
secondary schools as we can squeeze in.
This will be an opportunity to test the work with the students
it should speak to and for, and to check the work sits really well
within school frameworks. After this showing, we'll be looking to
an Auckland Live season in 2019, followed by touring to schools and
venues across the country.
The team at Auckland Live have given us an incredible
opportunity to develop this new work, and are supporting us with
some funding and a venue in which to present a development showing.
We've also received a one-off Quick Response grant from Creative
New Zealand. Ngā mihi ki a kōrua! But we're in need of a final
piece of the funding pie...
What will we use our Boosted donations for?
We still need to cover some key nuts and bolts of the production
process - filming the interviews and the post-production work on
this footage, our rehearsal space, paying Rape Prevention Education
for their guidance and involvement in the process and smaller items
like Polleverywhere & APRA - wee costs that add up! Any and all
donations are massively appreciated.
Who are we?
CO-CREATOR & PERFORMER
Karin McCracken is an actor and theatre-maker, whose most recent
performance work includes Mrs Warren's Profession,
Body Double, Jane Doe and It's a Trial. Karin is
also a specialist educator in sexual violence prevention training.
She has previously delivered this work in schools and workplaces
for the Sexual Abuse Prevention Network in Wellington.
CO-CREATOR & DIRECTOR
Eleanor Bishop is a writer and director creating feminist theatre.
Her most recent work includes George Bernard Shaw's Mrs
Warren's Profession (ATC 2018), Body Double (created
with Julia Croft & Karin McCracken, STAB Commission 2017,
Silo/Auckland Arts Festival 2018) and Jane Doe.
Made up of Lydia Zanetti, Ruby Reihana-Wilson & Helen Sheehan,
Zanetti Productions presents innovative and ground-breaking
creativity, with a focus on work that invigorates social change,
celebrates otherness and sends audiences out into the world with a
spark in their heart.
If you have further queries or would like to find out more about
Yes Yes Yes, please feel free to send us an email -
Illustration by Frances Haszard
Photo credit: Karin McCracken in Jane Doe by Robin