What would you do if you were in power for the day?
Well, I would obviously start with a massage and a quick dip in the hot tub. If I’m going to be making big decisions, it’s important to start your day off chill... I’d probably have some pancakes too, let’s be honest.
First up, I would turn my attention to the fact that approximately 1.2 million people in the UK use food banks. I’d divert some funding towards that, presumably from all the large corporations that inexplicably don’t pay their tax, the big silly billies…
Second order of business, would be to implement marriage equality and safe access to abortion in Northern Ireland. Poor Northern Ireland gets forgotten by both the UK and Ireland (where all citizens already have these human rights), and it’s time we remember her.
Lastly I would solve global warming, eradicate homelessness, wipe out all violent crimes, re-design the justice system for victims of assault, get rid of the tampon tax, hold another Brexit vote to give the people a chance to change their mind, and get another massage. And I would probably make it illegal to loudly crack your chewing gum because that’s super gross.
Who is your ‘Woman in Power’ and why?
What a fabulous and torturous question… There are so many women kicking ass in every walk of life. For now I am going to say, the fabulous cast and crew of this production for putting their heart and soul into making something so special. Now maybe they will buy me a drink at the bar…
What do you hope audiences will take away from Women in Power?
I hope they have FUN. I hope they think it was worth getting the babysitter. I hope they become best friends OR fall in love with the stranger beside them. I hope they laugh and smile all the way through. I hope they enjoy the fact that they are watching a reworked version of a play that people watched thousands of years ago. I hope they take it seriously and not too seriously. I hope they think I sound adorable. I hope they enjoy their trip to the theatre and decide to go to the theatre more often, and we all get to make more theatre forever and ever. Yay.
In the fight for gender equality, where do you hope we will be in ten years’ time?
Wouldn’t it be great if the term “gender equality” sounded outdated then, because we didn’t need it anymore? I’m sure you’ve heard the fact that there are more major companies being run by men named John than there are being run by women… let’s get rid of that nonsense for sure. But while the gender pay gap and more women in high paying jobs is extremely important, we must also remember to give a voice to marginalised women. If it’s not intersectional, it’s not feminism.
What influences did you draw on when writing Women in Power?
I’m pretty sure that my entire writing career has been shaped by how much I watched The Simpsons as a child. Also the old sitcom rule of trying to get a gag in every three lines definitely played a part. I listen to sitcoms in the background of my life all the time (like they are music) and that influences my writing. I was also keen to have / enjoy the chorus, as that’s a theatrical tradition I really love. Is there anything better than people speaking at the same time? Don’t answer that, that’s a rhetorical question… to quote The Simpsons, “Do you even know what a rhetorical question is?!”