A Joyful Expression

Jonty talks with Julia Croft about the joyful expression of her feminist anger!

How would you describe the show in one sentence?

It's a party. It's a poem. It's a tiny call to arms. (cheating because that's three sentences)

What inspired the show?

Again a mix of things- but mostly reading 1970s feminist film theorist Laura Mulvey's essay on the male gaze at the same time our Prime Minister felt so much ownership over a woman's body that he felt justified pulling her pony tail. I think the way we culturally look at women and violence against women are part of a spectrum. this shows tries to go some way towards addressing that question. But in a way is a joyful and pop music filled expression of my feminist anger.

Did performing the show at the Edinburgh Fringe differ from performing it in New Zealand or Australia?

In my experience NZ and Australia have been really similar in their approach. We are quicker to laugh, quicker to look for the humour-even in the darker content. In Edinburgh the show felt a lot more serious than it feels here.

Has the work changed / or your perception of it changed over the past couple of years performing it?

Not actually that much. I feel like my other work is a natural progression from this show - so some investigations begun in this work have been taken further and become deeper. But I still get so very very much joy from performing If there's not dancing and it still feels to me like a deeply necessary piece of work.

This is it's third run at the Basement Theatre, why do you think it has been so successful?

That is so hard to say from within it - but I hope it's because we still are lacking angry women on our stages and people are still hungry to see female centred work. Because it has humour and joy mixed with it's anger. And because it has confetti cannons and champagne. Who doesn't love confetti cannons!

If There's Not Dancing at the Revolution, I'm Not Coming is double billed with Power Ballad in The Basment Studio, 8-10, and 15-17 Jun.