Meet Girl and Gorilla. They have been together for as long as they can remember. Ever since they were born into a world of patriachal gaze. Girl is shaved. Gorilla is hairy. This is a problem. One which they can't solve easily.
Are There Female Gorillas? is a response to the #metoo campaign and the surge of mainstream feminism. This is a two-women show insipired by real-life female experiences, particularly our insecurities surrounding body hair, breaking out of the mould of being a "lady" and the feeling of being pulled between societal expectation and our own animalistic, natural selves.
Created by experimental artist Grace SDS and writer/actor Sophie Ablett, this is a show that blends spoken word, childhood games, naturalist new writing and facts about gorillas.
Are There Female Gorillas? premiered at Black Box Festival at The Etcetera Theatre.
Girl: Sophie Ablett
Gorilla: Grace Strickland de Souza
Devised & Written by: Sophie Ablett & Grace Strickland de Souza
Poster Design: Erik Lintunen
Sophie Ablett and Grace Strickland de Souza, are theatre-makers who first worked together on The Female Gaze at The Cockpit in June 2017, produced by Rich Creative. They begun to collaborate in Nov ’17.
Sophie is a Lecoq-trained actor/writer, whose work includes:
Writing Credits: HighTide Academy 2017. Plays at The Cockpit and Theatre 503.
Acting Credits: Taboo BBC1/FX, Bobbie in The Railway Children (West End), Florence in feature film REPROBATE.
Spoken Word Credits: YouTube channel LiNES, brand ambassador for ASICS, performed for UN HeForShe campaign at Vaults with ThisIsWired.
Grace is a performance maker, director and writer, whose work includes:
Devising/Directing Credits: Productions performed at CPT, The Cockpit, Ugly Duck, CSM Studio and Hackney Attic
Performance Credits: Roles at the Platform Theatre, Toynbee Studios, and at The Royal Academy of Arts.
They share a particular forward-looking, experimental and activist vision of theatre. Through their collaboration they create interdicsiplinary performance which uses genre-crossing text, visual mediums and movement to engage audiences in new and unexpected ways.
‘2 years old, the first time I can blurry remember being a “pretty little girl” in my pretty little dress, even with my gorilla.’