Women’s sto­ries

Kapi-Mana News - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT - By PRIYANKA BHONSULE

From pu­berty and sex­u­al­ity to food and friend­ship, Minge is a va­ri­ety show can­vass­ing ev­ery­thing women are about.

It is the­atre about women, made by young women from four award-win­ning the­atre col­lec­tives: Binge Cul­ture, The Play­Ground Col­lec­tive, Three Spoon The­atre and The­atre Mil­iti.

They are joined on stage by in­de­pen­dent the­atre prac­ti­tion­ers rang­ing in age from 28 years to 15 months.

The play draws on the per­form­ers’ own ex­pe­ri­ences as well as a col­lec­tion of sto­ries gath­ered from women around Welling­ton.

As pro­ducer and di­rec­tor for the Play­ground Col­lec­tive, Eleanor Bishop is used to be­ing be­hind the scenes, but she is per­form­ing in Minge. She said the re­sponse from the fe­male com­mu­nity to the project had been over­whelm­ing.

‘‘It’s like these peo­ple needed that re­lease, and there were just so many sto­ries to tell.’’

The en­thu­si­asm was such that there was far too much to put into the show, so it will be ac­com­pa­nied by a home-made mag­a­zine en­ti­tled Minge-a-zine. It con­tains the col­lected sto­ries, with il­lus­tra­tions by fel­low per­form­ers Erin Banks and Han­nah Smith.

Of the var­i­ous sto­ries, only two were used on stage, said Ms Bishop.

‘‘We didn’t want a bunch of women on stage read­ing out sto­ries. We wanted mu­sic and dance, so it’s turned out to be a bit of a va­ri­ety show, re­ally.’’

The eight ac­tors and two mu­si­cians take the au­di­ence through women in his­tory and their com­ing of age – women like Joan of Arc, Eve, Dakota Fan­ning and Brit­ney Spears.

Minge, di­rected by Fiona McNamara, pro­duced by Han­nah Banks, BATS The­atre, Welling­ton, 7pm un­til De­cem­ber 11.

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