So on Tuesday, my amazing Father-in-Law, looked after my three children so I could make it in to Liberty Hall in Dublin to attend the Waking the Feminists – Spring Forward public meeting. It was good to hear from many leading theatre practitioners how the November Rising was impacting on their policy and practise. We heard from representatives of women working in the technical side of theatre and it was actually sickening to hear of the casual and blatant sexism some women have faced. I was encouraged that there were some men comfortable enough in their own masculinity to affirm their own feminism. (Though one man didn’t seem to quite get the whole thing at all and looked distinctly uncomfortable and irritated to be there at all. I’ll let you guess who I mean!)
It was a great opportunity to catch up with people I haven’t seen in a good while and also to make new acquaintances. It was good to hear what people are up to, making their own work, forging new paths for themselves. And I was reminded again how much damn energy it takes to make theatre at all in the current climate.
It was also good to connect with other mothers who had not been able to make it to the last meeting. Mother makers struggle to be seen and heard and it’s one thing I’m pleased with that on the podcast I have managed to interview many women with children. I’m also interested in hearing from makers who have other caring responsibilities and hear how they manage the balance of making and caring. It’s a tricky old see saw.
Anyone you think you’d like to hear in conversation, please leave a comment here or on the Facebook page. I’m excited about the upcoming conversations. Hope you enjoyed my chat with Noni Stapleton. The next podcast will be released on Tuesday.
Until then, keep struttin’ and bellowin’.