We inherit our sex lives: from movies and books, from past lovers, from porn. And we learn: sex is mostly heterosexual. Women are desired. Men do the desiring and sex is over when he comes.

Shattering these ideas, Body Double blends memoir, erotic fiction, scientific research and the language of Hollywood to expose the invisible rules that shape our relationships. Dating and dancing and orgasms and desire are exploded and re-examined with playful precision. 

Body Double combines live performance and projection, offering a fearless new gaze on contemporary romance.

If you are a woman or have ever wanted to fuck a woman, you too should see it. If you’ve ever caught yourself intellectualising the problematic-ness of literally everything you’ve ever loved, you’ll like Body Double.
— Wellingtonista
“A grand wild ride”
— NZ Herald
“Both a wry laugh and a howl of rage”
— Metro


  • Created by Eleanor Bishop & Julia Croft with Karin McCracken
  • Direction: Eleanor Bishop
  • Performance: Julia Croft & Karin McCracken
  • Media Design: Kevin Ramser
  • Scenography: Lucy Pope
  • Sound Design: Te Aihe Butler
  • Lighting Design: Marcus McShane
  • Associate Media Design: Owen McCarthy (Auckland season)
  • Production Management: Vicki Cooksley of Entertainment Production Services
  • Media & Scenography Assistance: Kasey Collins (Wellington season)
  • Produced by Lydia Zanetti & Helen Sheehan of Zanetti Productions (Wellington season)
  • Co-produced by Silo Theatre & Auckland Arts Festival (Auckland season)
  • Production Photography: Tabitha Arthur (Wellington season) & Andrew Malmo (Auckland season)
There is a lot to love about this, watching these two women express themselves on stage with such honesty while still being caring and empathetic. They’re clever and intellectual and funny. They light a fire of confidence inside me.
— Pantograph Punch


  • BATS Theatre, STAB Commission 2017, November 9 - 25, 2017 (Wellington, New Zealand) 
    Winner:  The Jack Jeffs Charitable Trust Award for Production of the Year - Wellington Theatre Awards 2017
  • Q Theatre Loft, Auckland Arts Festival & Silo Theatre, March 20 - 29, 2018 (Auckland, New Zealand)


  • "Ambitious, complex, subversive, compelling sensory discussion", Zoe Joblin, Theatreview
  • "Body Double", Courtney Rose Brown, Art Murmurs
  • "Review: Body Double", Jessica Ducey, The Wellingtonista
  • "One Eye On The Mirror: A Review of Body Double", Hannah Banks, The Pantograph Punch
  • "Richly provocative", John Smythe, Theatreview
  • "Female Desire in Experimental Postdramatic Theatre", David O'Donnell, The Theatre Times
  • "Body Double is a wild ride", Janet McAllister, NZ Herald
  • "Body Double: The raucous chat you have with your friend, only on stage", Lizzie Marvelly, The Villainesse
  • "Reviews: Auckland Arts Festival", Frances Moore, Radio NZ
  • "Most disturbing use of a chicken carcass", Metro
  • "a cutting look at the stories we feed ourselves in literature, stage and screen", Renee Liang, The Big Idea










  • "An interview with Julia Croft, as she re-writes the script on female sexuality", NZgirl, 5 October 2017
  • "Karin McCracken: Female Desire", The Big Idea, 1 November 2017
  • "Our Arts Inspiration: From the creators of Body Double", ARTicle magazine, 3 November 2017
  • "Body Double: Julia Croft & Karin McCracken", Wallace Chapman, Radio NZ, 5 November 2017
  • "Female pleasure and representation explored in two productions", Dani McDonald, Dominion Post, 11 November 2017
  • "Us two: Eleanor Bishop & Julia Croft", Britt Mann, Sunday Magazine, 12 November 2017
  • "Lizzie Marvelly: We need to take the sexism out of sex", NZ Herald, 25 November 2017
  • "The Challengers: Eleanor Bishop & Julia Croft", Dionne Christian, Viva Magazine, 30 December 2017
  • "Bookmarks with Eleanor Bishop", Radio NZ, 21 February 2018
  • "Body Double: The play putting female sexual desire centre stage", The Villainesse, 11 March 2018
  • "Woman, feminist, theatre maker", Victoria News, 19 March 2018
  • "The Viewer and the Viewed: Sex and Desire in Body Double", Pantograph Punch, 23 March 2018
  • "Everything the movies taught us about sex is a lie", The Spinoff, 27 March 2018


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