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An Intervention

Date: 30 Jul 2019

“Women are the Lifeblood of theatre. Don’t forget it.”

An inclusive love note to the wom*n who work in this thing we call the theatre. I’m in ‘An Intervention’ (20-31 of August at the Old 505 theatre). Hope to see you there. I’m grateful to the women I’ve met in this community along the way. Read this aloud, if you like, with gusto, if that’s your thing. – Jess-Belle Keogh

To the women of the theatre:

To the hell-raisers, the trailblazers, the pioneers and earthquakers,

To the women of the theatre.

The bone shakers, the blood boilers,

To the brave gals of the theatre.

The daring ones, the dangerous ones, the ones who combust and pick up the pieces,

The women who listen, burning.

To the writers, who sit laptop lit, coffee stained and muttering

Yes, yes, yes, yes

The joy of it all.

The status-quo pushers

The floor board stompers

To the women of the theatre

Thank you

To the women who feel the hot sting of the stage lights and the ones who plot the show

To the ones who’ve had their name called

And the ones who are still waiting

To the women whose parents told them ‘No.’

Thank you

 

To the women who sing loudly, who sing off-key, bugger it, who’ll sing the bloody song anyway

Who dance, clap hands, raise hell and heaven and live! — fingertips trembling

To those who gamble and risk.

To the mums, the grandmothers, to those going it alone.

To the Indigenous women

To the ones who love, and love, and love again even if they walk away empty handed

To the comedians

To the leaders

Thank you

To the bad girls who are bad but only for good reason

The women who drink, fuck, swear and smoke and get back up in the morning,

And to the ones who’ve gone sober

Thank you

To the midnight designers whose clothes are marred with pins or paint or sweat or dust or lights or sound,

The directors whose eyes bathe in surround sound story

To the proud women of colour

To the part time teachers, the part time waitresses, the full time nannies, the sometimes tutors, the receptionists, the cleaners, what’s a weekend again? —

Christ.

To the ones who make ends meet.

Thank you

To the stage fright sufferers

To the women who fight for their power back and win it

And to the underdogs who stand in the ring and lose

Go on, love–

To the ones who fail gloriously

Thank you

To the women whose mouths hurtle ‘no!’ in protest

And to the women whose voices are hoarse:

“believe women, believe women, believe women”

To the pattern breakers and voice raisers

To the women of the theatre.

 

To the champions who scream and shout when something is deeply, deeply wrong

And to the ones who stand by

To the ones who walk right beside

Thank you very much.

To the ones who turn around to see that their army have left the party:

I love you.

To the women who feel alone:

You aren’t.

To those who are straight and those who aren’t and those in between,

To the trans

To the non-binary

To the Allies

Thank you

Thank you

To the women who open their arms as salvation

The ones who stay on the line

To the women who just can’t anymore and to the women who’ve carried them–

Thank you.

 

Women are the lifeblood of this bloody thing.

We are the pillars.

Don’t forget it.

I love the women of the theatre, deeply and without regret.

Thank you

Thank you

Thank you.

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