A woman dons a pleather outfit and hits the streets to protect women and kick some sleazy man butt.
Another woman is interrogated, she is suspected of murdering children.
A teenager creates a virtual world in which refugees can return home.
When is the time to hold vigil? To be vigilant? To be vigilante?
SHE IS VIGILANTE is a collection of short plays about women who stand up, rebel and kick ass. Sourced from new and emerging women writers, and developed and performed by a community-based ensemble of predominantly untrained performers. Their stories will move you from laughter to anger to standing up yourself.
MEET OUR WRITERS
Chanella Macri is a Melbourne based actor and theatre-maker from the Blue Mountains, Sydney. Her practice centers on body, family, loss and the intersection of cultural identity and gender.
Trained at the VCA, she graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Practise, the Patricia Kennedy Award and as Valedictorian of the University of Melbourne VCA and MCM.
Ivana Brehas graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2018 with a Screenwriting degree, and is a founding member of the Australian film publication Rough Cut. She is interested in love, death, women’s writing, queer history, animal rights, housing, immigration, and addiction, and in expressing ideas through experimental, sensory, and non-narrative means. VIGIL/ANT/E is her first play.
Lauren Anderson and Meegan May are co-writers based in Melbourne. Lauren Anderson is an award-winning screenwriter and giant story nerd. She is currently writing on kids comedy Kitty Is Not A Cat for BES Animation and is a writer in residence at ACMI X. Her writing explores the collision of fantasy and the everyday and is powered by tea and biscuits.
Meegan May is a former military intelligence analyst turned screenwriter, whose screenplays have been shortlisted for the AWG’s John Hinde Award, Final Draft’s Big Break Competition, and the BlueCat Screenplay Competition among others. She was recently awarded the McCraith House Writer’s Residency to work on a TV drama script, and is lead writer on a project in development with SBS.
Roshelle Fong is a Chinese-Australian multi-disciplinary artist currently in Melbourne Theatre Company’s Women in Theatre program. In 2018 she completed Malthouse Theatre’s Besen Family Artist Programme and won the Innovation in Culturally Diverse Practice award at Melbourne Fringe for her immersive show, nomnomnom. This year she’ll tour nomnomnom in Sydney and Shanghai and curate a time-travelling adaptation at Testing Grounds.
Maja Amanita has needs. She’s been kicked around since she landed here from Communist Poland. So she learned her Alphabet better than 9 in 10. Maja needs to fit in. Maja has wants like silk and champagne. Wants that need the boxes ticked. She ticked them.
Maja didn’t like the cost of that.
Maja has words and with each breath they set her free from her needs and wants.
ABOUT THE WORK
In February 2019, Bridget Balodis and Krystalla Pearce put a call out for women writers to develop a series of short works to be presented at Theatre Works St.Kilda in late 2019. The works will all centre on the topic of women vigilantes: Women who take the law into their own hands, fight for justice, do bad things because they have to – their missions can be global or minute, based on true stories or from another world completely.
The works will be developed and performed by predominantly untrained artists and developed through a combined process of devising and script-writing.
ABOUT US – THE DIRECTORS
We are Krystalla Pearce and Bridget Balodis. We are both theatre directors passionate about new voices on our stages. We both have extensive experience developing new work as well as working with untrained performers. You can google us if you’d like to know more.