Blood takes cen­tre stage

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS -

Be­hind ev­ery great fe­male in your life is a bad pe­riod ex­pe­ri­ence.

Your den­tist, the barista mak­ing your cof­fees, and the daugh­ters you send off to school ev­ery morn­ing. They all have them. But do we talk about them? Not un­til now.

Lo­cal girl Amy Atkins will be per­form­ing her con­tro­ver­sial show Pe­riod. talk­ing all things pe­ri­ods at Palmy Fringe Fes­ti­val.

Atkins, an ac­tor and writer, has scoured the coun­try, in­ter­view­ing women, gen­der non-bi­nary, and trans peo­ple from across the coun­try to find real-life sto­ries about pe­riod ex­pe­ri­ences.

She has tran­scribed her top picks to cre­ate a star­tling per­for­mance.

She says she wants to change the way so­ci­ety talks about pe­ri­ods.

“They’re just part of life. Why can’t we nor­malise it?” she said. “It’s not gross, it’s not ex­otic, it’s just a series of ex­pe­ri­ences I’m hop­ing to share in an em­pa­thetic yet light and funny way.”

The show fea­tures a tam­pon mon­ster, a vagina-shaped cush­ion and plenty of red.

Atkins is the founder of Ephemeral Theatre, a Welling­ton based com­pany, which aims to ex­plore theatre for so­cial change.

She grew up in Palmer­ston North and stud­ied for a Bach­e­lor of Arts at Massey Uni­ver­sity. Her past work in­cludes speech and drama teach­ing for Tall Pop­pies Col­lec­tive, and pup­peteer­ing for a small theatre com­pany in Welling­ton.

The com­edy show is ap­pro­pri­ate for younger au­di­ences, men, women and the LGBT+ com­mu­nity.

■ Pe­riod. at The Dark Room tonight, Oc­to­ber 11 for two nights only. Tick­ets can be pur­chased di­rectly from Cen­tre­point Theatre or on­line via ephemer­althe­

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