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* COMING TO THE SUBSTATION, MELBOURNE, 2019 *

 

UNWOMAN

 

Unwoman is song.

Unwoman is a crime.

Unwoman is a real and substantial risk.

 

UNWOMAN is an epic and imagistic piece of feminist theatre created in both Ireland and Australia, examining reproductive rights, experiences of pregnancy and bodily autonomy.

Made with THE RABBLE, professional performers and a community ensemble of pregnant performers, UNWOMAN is an invocation of the pregnant body as a plurality of experiences. It is visceral, carnal and an uncompromising piece of feminist theatre horrified by the history and laws attempting to curb bodily autonomy and reproductive rights.

 

FEATURING / Dana Miltins and Mary Helen Sassman 

PRODUCTION PHOTO / David Paterson, featuring Olwen Fouéré in UNWOMAN Part III, Dublin Fringe, November 2018.

 

UNWOMAN Part III was co created with Maeve Stone in Dublin 2018.

Writing on UNWOMAN

TN2 MAGAZINE

IRISH TIMES

EXEUNT MAGAZINE

 

★★★★★

The Times (UK)
Like evolution’s revenge, human intelligence brings great cost to women, making childbirth a perilous and torturous procedure, forever prey to patriarchal hegemony. Or so seems to be the thesis behind this cryptic, highly politicised and immersive multimedia work devised by the Irish artist-director Maeve Stone and Melbourne’s visionary feminist troupe the Rabble around Olwen Fouéré’s destabilisingly intense performance. Evoking the Cailleach, the Gaelic creation goddess, Fouéré stirs from a dark firmament of labour pain and wordlessly moans, flexes her spine, and paces endlessly. Over and over, she judders and shrieks as she births the Burren’s landscape, stone by grykey limestone, tearing each jagged spearhead from between her legs. Tethered by an umbilical trapeze-rope from the roof, she flails to escape, pathetically running and wailing before collapsing and slowly metamorphosing, unsticking herself as if from some glistening insectile pupa, before again moulting, hatching and unfurling into “humanity”. Fouéré is elemental; her lithe, slight, boyish frame and Beckettian visage variously interrogating us. When words finally come, they struggle up through fluted breath, throat-song and some primordial ur-tongue, before her clipped, manic diction talks of coerced birth, “broken pelvises”, “bodies decided in court”, “miscarriages of justice” and “unremarked graves”. Perverse, real, harrowing and deeply affecting, this is a universal, unforgettable masterpiece of performance art. 
– MM

Project History

 

UNWOMAN Part III was co created with Maeve Stone in Dublin 2018.

 

UNWOMAN premiered in and was presented by Dublin Fringe Festival, 8 – 16 September, 2018 | Samuel Beckett Theatre | Dublin, Ireland

UNWOMAN is presented by THE RABBLE and The SUBSTATION. This project has been supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts. Unwoman Part III (2018) was created with commissioning support from Dublin Fringe Festival, developed through FRINGE LAB and produced with support from Pan Pan Theatre (Ireland).