Wielding their words, two woman take on myths about hysteria in their feminist poetry show, ‘Hysterical’.
Internationally-acclaimed poets Carrie Rudzinski and Olivia Hall have joined poetical forces once again after their show, ‘How we Survive’ was a roaring success.
Throwing out the word “hysterical’ when developing concepts for a new show, the witty worded pair stuck with the idea of hysteria and ran with it.
“We were looking back at the history of where the term hysteria and hysterical came from and how it’s been used as a medical term , particularly against women, but also the idea that it still really gets thrown around today in a similar way,” says Carrie.
She adds that today there remains ‘the idea that women are sort of hysterical and have all these emotions that they can’t contain’.
Set to challenge this, it was mid last year when the duo began writing the show together – all whilst being in separate countries.
“At that stage I was living in London and Carrie was living in Auckland and so we wrote almost the entire show over the phone and Google Docs while we were on opposite sides of the world,” says Olivia. Now that’s impressive!
Aside from its 13-plus age recommendation due to ‘some pretty adult and explicit things’ covered, the show is for ‘everyone.’
“We’re always excited when men come along as well and we certainly hope there are things for them in the show. We don’t want to scare anyone away,” says Olivia with a laugh.
So don’t be shy boys- your feminist futures await!
With an emotion-driven show, audiences will see Olivia and Carrie share laughter and tears together as they perform their poetry.
“I really hope we give a space where people are allowed to feel all of that [emotion] and respond to all of it in a real way and that they go away thinking about the connections they have in their own lives and how important emotion actually is to our connections,” says Olivia.
‘Hysterical’ will be held at 16th Ave Theatre on Saturday, April 30, at 7.30pm, with Tauranga audiences being the first to enjoy this feminist feast.
“Technically, it’s the world premiere so we’re very excited,” says Olivia.
Olivia and Carrie hope the audience will leave the show ‘inspired to write some of their own poems… the world needs more poets’.
Buy tickets at: www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/hysterical-tickets-294243589497