Arts & Entertainment

I’m With Her

This is what #MeToo and Time’s Up have been about - that it’s not just me, it’s all of us. It’s political. Told from the true stories of ordinary and extraordinary women, I'm With Her uncovers the brave, ingenious and darkly funny ways women have survived, outlasted, outwitted and outmuscled the patriarchy. We are thrilled to announce the involvement of nine women, whose stories have never-before-been told on the Australian stage. They include: Dr. Anne Aly, Counter Terrorism Expert and Labor MP Julie Bates AO, Sex Worker Rights Activist and Sex Worker Dr. Marion Blackwell, Environmental Scientist Pam Burridge, World Champion Surfer The Hon Julia Gillard, Australia's first female Prime Minister Nikki Keating, Bartender and Anti-Sexual Harassment Campaigner Prof. Marcia Langton AM, Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies, University of Melbourne Sister Patricia Madigan, Catholic Nun Erin Phillips, Champion Footballer Led by award-winning documentary filmmaker and writer Victoria Midwinter Pitt (Afghanistan: Inside Australia’s War, Leaky Boat, Rampant: How a City Stopped a Plague), I'm With Her shares exquisite accounts by women for everyone. Director & Lead Writer: Victoria Midwinter Pitt Contributing Writers: Arielle Cottingham, Michele Lee Cast: Gabrielle Chan, Shakira Clanton, Lynette Curran, Emily Havea, Deborah Galanos Previews: 9 - 12 November Season: 14 November - 1 December 2019 Photo by Robert Catto, on Friday 1 November, 2019. Please credit & tag the photographer when images are used - @robertcatto on Instagram & Twitter, @robertcattophotographer on Facebook.

Directed by Victoria Midwinter Pitt, I’m With Her presents stories about nine notable Australian women from their 20s to their 90s, including Dr Anne Aly (counter-terrorism expert and Labor MP), Dr Marion Blackwell (environmental scientist), Pam Burridge (world champion surfer), The Hon. Julia Gillard (Australia’s first female prime minister), Prof. Marcia Langton AM (Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies, University of Melbourne).

Pitt says that “Like millions of women, I found myself really turned inside out by the #MeToo movement and the stories that we all share. But here’s the thing, we have always resisted it, opposed it, and even engaged in counter-attack.”

Pitt says she engaged in “long, long hours talking to each other, thinking about our conversations and then talking some more.” The women were also “good partners” in the final script.

Pitt thinks, “Women should be running the joint. And it’s ridiculous how that statement is going to sound like I’m being outrageous, but the thought is not far-fetched given where, not just Australia, but the world, is heading right now.”

She wants the audience to get “a fresh and startling take on themselves. I want the audience to see how brave and smart they are every day, and to leave the theatre feeling properly dangerous.”

Did she enjoy producing the show?

“I loved it,” she said. “It’s been one of the most inspiring and satisfying projects of my whole career. And my God it’s been fun – these women have the best sense of humour.”

Until Dec 1. Eternity Playhouse, 39 Burton St, Darlinghurst. $46-$59+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.darlinghursttheatre.com

By Irina Dunn

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