I’M WITH HER
By Victoria Midwinter PittMore Info
Eight very different women. Same story. Told in a way we haven’t heard before.
Hear the stories of eight extraordinary Australians brought to life in a staged reading by a diverse cast of eight Darwin women. I’m With Her is a timely and thought-provoking show about real women dealing with sexism in the age of #MeToo and #TimesUp.
Written by Walkley Award winner Victoria Midwinter Pitt from frank and intimate conversations with eight extraordinary women, it features the words of counter-terrorism expert Anne Aly MP, sex worker activist Julie Bates, botanist Marion Blackwell, world champion surfer Pam Burridge, bartender Nikki Keating, Catholic nun Patricia Madigan, anthropologist and Indigenous leader Marcia Langton, and Australia’s first female prime minister, Julia Gillard, all told by local performers. Together these women light up the golden thread that runs right through the patriarchy, and may yet be its undoing – the strengths women use to keep turning up to our own lives.
Confronting and uplifting I’m With Her is a celebration of women fighting back, surviving and never giving up. It is a thrilling real-life demonstration, by the ultimate girl gang, of the power of women to outlast, outwit and out-muscle the great ugly beast of sexism.
‘This play burns with the generational energy of its characters, young and old. It reminds us – all women – of how much power we have in being ourselves.’ June Oscar AO, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Social Justice Commissioner.
For its Northern Territory premiere, in this special event staged reading, the roles will be read by the following women:
Anne Aly MP – Hon Lauren Moss, Minister for Environment, Mental Health, Equality, Youth and Seniors
Julie Bates – admired actor and physical performer Nicky Fearn
Marion Blackwell – award winning poet and writer Kaye Aldenhoven
Pam Burridge – former Anti-Discrimination Commissioner for the Northern Territory Sally Sievers
Nikki Keating – legendary hospitality personality Katharina Draude
Patricia Madigan – Minister of the Word at Darwin Memorial Uniting Church Reverend Vicki Aitken
Marcia Langton – passionate activist and spokesperson for the Yes Campaign Jade Ritchie
Julia Gillard – respected breakfast broadcaster Jo Laverty
Writer & Director Victoria Midwinter Pitt
Video Projections Designer Kristen King
Composer Nicolette Boaz
Sound Designer Glenn Martin
Dramaturg Francesca Smith