Char Char Witchy
Char Char Witchy for VAULT Festival and Galway Theatre Festival 2022
Work in progress
Char Char Witchy will be my third stand-up theatre show. I'll mudwrestle with spirituality and the female body. Rehearsals include geeky investigations into what has created the images I’m chasing when I attempt to commune with the divine (most of them were made by men), what does/could women’s spirituality look like beyond wafty gowns? What is the Divine Feminine? What secrets do myths hold for us?: Kind, earth-loving, non-binary, non-dual, humane beingness? or New Age-y, neoliberal, culturally appropriative, white supremacist multilevel marketing schemes on a slick slide to fascism? Eek! Shall we create our own religion, audience? or at least attempt some level of Communitas?
A thread in the labyrinth
LIVING QUESTIONS IN THE REHEARSAL ROOM
Who’s story is it?
Mine, maybe yours, earth’s.
What does the character need?
Connection to her body, love of it
Movement class, poetry of yoga, Monica Sjoo painting, Mary pregnant through her ear.
What does the character want?
A spirituality that loves her body and the earth.
The patriarchy, Catholicism, media, lack of connection with body, internalised misogyny, self-hatred, even trying to live up to “divine feminine” images which are mostly man-made.
What’s at stake?
Her soul, the planet, ending rape culture.
Why should we care?
Love of our planet. Survival of humanity on this planet, survival of other species, environmentalism. Fullness of humanity.
What do they learn?
We realise the need to reclaim and love the feminine because it makes us whole, kinder, truly human.
How and why?
Because binary understanding of masc and fem and degradation of fem is destruction.
How does it end?
She is enveloped back into the landscape image?