I am having sex. I am seeing myself have sex.

Is it possible to re-write the sexual scripts we’ve been taught? Can we move past looking and dive headfirst into feeling? In this ambitious new work from Eleanor Bishop, Julia Croft and Karin McCracken, erotic literature, science, memoir and the language of Hollywood film are combined to explore the complexities of female desire.

Performing as one another’s body doubles Julia Croft (Power Ballad, Shortlisted Total Theatre Emerging Performer Award, Edinburgh 2017) and Karin McCracken (Jane Doe, It’s A Trial) enact their memories, fantasies and inherited scripts in a collage of live performance and projection.

Sometimes sexy and often subversive, Body Double collides live art, live camera, fake orgasms and real screams, with direction from acclaimed director Eleanor Bishop (Jane Doe, The PlayGround Collective) and in collaboration with US based performance and media designers Kevin Ramser and Lucy Pope.

R16: Contains sexual content

Image credit: Karin McCracken 

The Creative Team 

Created by Eleanor Bishop and Julia Croft with Karin McCracken
Produced by Lydia Zanetti and Helen Sheehan of Zanetti Productions

Performance: Julia Croft and Karin McCracken
Text: Eleanor Bishop, Julia Croft and Karin McCracken
Direction: Eleanor Bishop
Media Design: Kevin Ramser
Set and Costume Design: Lucy Pope
Sound Design: Te Aihe Butler
Lighting Design: Marcus McShane

Zanetti Productions presents innovative and ground-breaking creativity, with a focus on supporting work that invigorates social change, celebrates otherness and sends audiences out into the world with a spark in their heart.

STAB 2017 is commissioned by BATS Theatre and supported by Creative New Zealand. Body Double is also supported by Wellington City Council.


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