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.
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)
"Ambitious, complex, subversive, compelling sensory discussion", Zoe Joblin, Theatreview, November 11, 2017
"Body Double", Courtney Rose Brown, Art Murmurs, November 11, 2017
"Review: Body Double", Jessica Ducey, The Wellingtonista, November 15, 2017
"Richly provocative", John Smythe, Theatreview, November 17, 2017
"One Eye On The Mirror: A Review of Body Double", Hannah Banks, The Pantograph Punch, November 18, 2017
"Female Desire in Experimental Postdramatic Theatre", David O'Donnell, The Theatre Times, December 23, 2017
"Body Double is a wild ride", Janet McAllister, NZ Herald, March 23, 2018
"Body Double: The raucous chat you have with your friend, only on stage", Lizzie Marvelly, The Villainesse, March 23, 2018
"Reviews: Auckland Arts Festival", Frances Moore, Radio NZ, March 23, 2018
"Most disturbing use of a chicken carcass", Susannah Walker, Metro, March 26, 2018
"a cutting look at the stories we feed ourselves in literature, stage and screen", Renee Liang, The Big Idea, April 16, 2018
The Jack Jeffs Charitable Trust Production of the Year: Body Double
The George Webby Most Promising Newcomer Award: Karin McCracken
Lighting Designer of the Year: Marcus McShane (Wellington Theatre Awards 2017)
"An interview with Julia Croft, as she re-writes the script on female sexuality", NZgirl, October 5, 2017
"Karin McCracken: Female Desire", The Big Idea, November 1, 2017
"Our Arts Inspiration: From the creators of Body Double", ARTicle magazine, November 3, 2017
"Body Double: Julia Croft & Karin McCracken", Wallace Chapman, Radio NZ, November 5, 2017
"Female pleasure and representation explored in two productions", Dani McDonald, Dominion Post, November 11, 2017
"Us two: Eleanor Bishop & Julia Croft", Britt Mann, Sunday Magazine, November 12, 2017
"Lizzie Marvelly: We need to take the sexism out of sex", NZ Herald, November 25, 2017
"The Challengers: Eleanor Bishop & Julia Croft", Dionne Christian, Viva Magazine, December 30, 2017
"Bookmarks with Eleanor Bishop", Radio NZ, February 21, 2018
"Body Double: The play putting female sexual desire centre stage", The Villainesse, March 11, 2018
"Woman, feminist, theatre maker", Victoria News, March 19, 2018
"The Viewer and the Viewed: Sex and Desire in Body Double", Pantograph Punch, March 23, 2018
"Everything the movies taught us about sex is a lie", The Spinoff, March 27, 2018
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