Abi Russell and Holland Brooks are the brilliant writers behind the strangest rom-com you’ll ever see. Bad Feminist is playing at The Blue Room Theatre as part of Summer Nights 2023. We caught up with them to see what it’s all about.
What is your show about?
Bad Feminist is a comedic and critical reflection of sexual assault culture from the perspective of the bystander, in the style of a chick flick romantic comedy!
Audrey just got some, like, kinda bummer news about her perfect boyfriend. He might have done something really bad. Might have. Now everything is true and not true all at once. Audrey’s mind spins into her own personal Groundhog Day of every decision she could possibly make as she balances a terrifying personal and moral dilemma fit for the big screen.
Favourite part of the show, no spoilers!
Rhi Bryans hysterical to-camera-moments and hilarious political breakdowns absolutely make this show a wonderfully engaging side splitter.
How important is the Summer Nights program to the Perth theatre scene?
Summer Nights is a crucial platform and welcoming environment for independent theatre artists. The community of the Blue Room Theatre team and Summer Nights artists is warm and encouraging, and is an excellent hub for people to upskill and help each other make incredible work that is reflective of the very best of contemporary theatre arts and makers.
What inspired you to create this work?
I feel that being adjacent, or often directly, involved in situations around assault accusations and experiences is universal, whether it be through the media, or in personal life. I don’t know many people who haven’t been part of this conversation. But somehow, we don’t talk about it. We sit in our awkwardness and discomfort, and feel alone, despite the commonality of these experiences. We wanted to create a safe space where we bring levity to the topic, and be able to reflect on all of our places in this community of experience.
Describe your show in 3 words:
Rom-com, Cinematic, Sass
You can catch all the rom-com action at The Blue Room Theatre until 4th February 2023. TICKETS
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