Reality Rating: 4/5
Fidget Factor: 0.2
Might Never Happen… But It Might
Woolf whistled by packs of builders and complimented by strangers, ‘alright beautiful’. Does it make us feel good? A courtesy confession of admiration or an undesired pestering? We all have different ideas on what’s too far or just lighthearted banter. Through expressive monologues, emotional two handers and group devised work, Doll’s Eye Theatre explores how both genders perceive street harassment in our society today.
Might Never Happen kicks off with an essential 5 step plan for avoiding street harassment and staying safe:
- Neautral Face – Avoid eye contact, looking at the floor is a good shout
- Protection – Keys between the fingers or a clicky pen at the ready to jab into fleshy parts
- Androjenous clothing – the less feminine you look the better, boy hair cuts and several layers are crucial
- Action – appear crazed, shout purple in to the face of your abuser
- Ugly Walk – roll to your destination, do not strut
The troubling thought is, we’ve all heard these outrageous and restricting pieces of advice before. Doll’s Eye Theatre challenges our ideas of what intimidation, intrusion and unwanted attention looks like. Might Never Happen reflects on research from Dr Fiona Vera-Gray and Dr Maria Garner; dissecting men’s perspectives on gender and intrusions on women.
Concentrating heavily on how women experience street harassment; Doll’s Eye exhibit a number of uncomfortable, controversial scenes. Minding her own business on a bus, a woman is constantly badgered by a stranger. Probing into her personal life, he asks questions about her identity, her birthday antics and demands answers on her love life. It’s a slight relief to see the other passengers get involved as they request him to back off, leave her alone and get off the bus – however this doesn’t deter the intentions of the hotheaded young man. We’re left agonising over whether the woman made it home alone or was accompanied by a very unwanted force.
Ashley Sean Cook’s diverse range of characters is remarkable, taking us from odious, loathed brute to a sensitive, perceptive gentlemen. Catherine Deevy is wholly enthralling, every character she embodies is dynamic and fluent. Particularly comical, Deevy devises a care free, whistle wanting Irish lady, during the ‘Lucid Ladies’ scene. A spin off of Loose Women, this was the perfect fabrication to highlight the conflicting ideas of what’s right and wrong between women themselves.
During my teenage years, I was unsure of the idea of being a feminist. Taunted by boys at school; feminism was classified as ‘pushy women on their periods, who moan about everything’. Typical of the kind of behaviour Sophie Walker, Leader of the Women’s Equality Party is trying to change; educating young generations about their attitudes towards the female sex. Society is now waking up to the urgent need for equal rights for women and realising what part both men and women have to play in making it happen.
A group of phenomenal women came together after the production to discuss with us the topics raised in Might Never Happen, and what’s being done to make a change. Including the ladies Doll’s Eye Theatre based their research on for Might Never Happen, voices from a variety of cultures and backgrounds made for an insightful and vital exchange of ideas and knowledge. It would have been great to hear a male articulation on how they felt about this demanding topic, unfortunately the opportunity wasn’t taken during this talk.
Empowering women and defying unacceptable behaviours, Doll’s Eye theatre company present a much needed voice for the inequality women are still battling. Take your part in the campaign now, and get down to King’s Head Theatre for a challenge you’ll want to accept.
Click for Tix: @Kings Head
Time: 1 Hour and 10 minutes
Running: 1 MAY 16 ► 16 MAY 16
▦ Photos – Courtesy of Cindy Lin
♥ Thank you to Doll’s Eye Theatre Company for the invite
Radhika Sanghani – Journalist, Telegraph Women
Dr. Fiona Vera-Gray – Researcher, Durham University
Dr. Maria Garner – Independent Researcher
Amy Ewbank – Director, Dolls Eye Theatre
Zaimal Azad – Researcher, London School of Economics
Kafayat Okanlawon – Independent Activist, Purple Drum
Dr Shaminder Takhar – Researcher, London South Bank University
Sophie Walker – Leader of the Women’s Equality Party