Body Rights | Fringe 2020
A body yearning for ‘normal’. A body yearning for agency. A body yearning for choice.
Bear witness to the stories of bodies, as their owners struggle with issues of consent, aesthetics, perfection and pleasure. A new program of short works from the multi-award-winning team of REST (2019) and yourseven (2018), across two spaces at the Girls School.
Body Rights consists of four works that each ask importnant questions.
A two-part work that bookends Body Rights, functioning as a prologue and epilogue, audiences and performers reflect on the question: “What wisdom can I impart from all that I’ve learned in all my years in this body?”
The women of the WAYTCo’s Devisers’ Club ask, “what strength do I need just to walk safely down the street?” Boxed In is performed by up to 10 young women who seek the answer through recreational boxing and it is guest directed by Phoebe Sullivan.
10 boys aged 12-17 ask, “who owns my body if I am not yet 18?” These young performers explore themes of agency and self-determination.
WAYTCo stalwart Adam Kelly asks in his first solo work, “who wants my autistic body?” Adam’s Show is about autism, celibacy and optimism and is performed in the round by Adam an intimate audience.
“Autism itself is really difficult to explain. It’s not simply something that effects how I function; it is how I function, how I am wired. Asking me how autism feels like is pretty much like asking if a fish if it knows it’s in water… I guess given that as I am autistic, but adapted slightly to the neurotypical world, metaphorically I am neither fully a fish (autistic) nor a land creature (neurotypical) but rather an amphibian.” - Adam Kelly 2019
These four works will provoke, inspire, entertain and leave you re-thinking your own journey in that most marvellous and confusing of vessels that we call a body. Each of WAYTCo’s previous Fringe World seasons has sold out quickly so be sure to book early. The new works that make up Body Rights have emerged from the conversations and concerns of our youth members and through WAYTCo’s Devisers’ Club, in which members work with Artistic Director and awardwinning artist James Berlyn to develop new writing and to devise work based on their lived experience. WAYTCo aims to empower young people to tell Western Australian stories from a youth perspective and to build individual skills in storytelling, writing, performance, and character development