Jane Doe goes to a party. She gets drunk. She blacks out. She is raped.

This is a participatory theatre show reflecting on rape culture in our communities.

One performer leads a public reading of a rape trial script, where audience members read as witnesses and lawyers, and feed in live responses via their phones. Interwoven with frank and funny documentary footage with young people from across America and Aotearoa, Jane Doe is a revelatory and carefully crafted discussion on consent, feminism and sexual empowerment.



An act of optimism
— Pantograph Punch
  • Writer & Director: Eleanor Bishop
  • Performer/s (USA): Molly Griggs, Alex Spieth
  • Performer (New Zealand):  Karin McCrackin
  • Dramaturgy: Rachel Abrams
  • Media Design: Dan Sakamoto & Kevan Loney
  • Original Music & Sound: Gareth Hobbs
  • Contributing Artist: Lucy Pope
  • Technician (USA): Kevan Loney
  • Technician (NZ): Khalid Parker
  • Production Photography: Chloe Chia, Kevin Ramser, Mitch Dean & Louis Stein
  • Education & Outreach Co-ordinator (USA): Jess Klein
  • Consulting Producer & Graphic Design (USA): Jordan Harrison
  • Producers (NZ): Lydia Zanetti & Helen Sheehan for Zanetti Productions


“Insightful, powerful and must not be missed”
— NZ Herald
  • Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama, Pittsburgh, 1 November 2016
  • La MaMa Galleria, New York, SFX Festival, 17 January 2016
  • Point Park University, Pittsburgh, 4 April 2016
  • MOSAIC Gender Conference, Pittsburgh, 8 April 2016
  • Women in Theatre Festival, The Studio Theatre at Theatre Row, New York, July 23, 2016
    • Carnegie Mellon University Pre-College, Pittsburgh, July 23, 2016
    • Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA, August 25, 2016
    • Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, September 28, 2016
    • Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA, October 6, 2016
    • Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, October 8-9, 2016
    • Point Park University, Pittsburgh, PA, October 11, 2016
    • University of Nebraksa-Omaha, January 23, 2017
    • Auckland Fringe Festival, Auckland, NZ, March 8-10 & 13-14, 2017 (Winner of Social Impact Award)
    • Slippery Rock University, PA, April 19, 2017
    • Q Theatre, Auckland, NZ, June 7-16, 2017


  • "Playwright Eleanor Bishop: “To be a young woman is to be harassed”, Simon Wilson, The Spinoff
  • "Auckland feminist theatre producers take on Edinburgh", Dani McDonald, Sunday Star Times






  • "Theatre review: Jane Doe", Ethan Sills, NZ Herald
  • "Trauma, Consensus and Romantic Comedies: A Conversational Review of Jane Doe", Kate Prior & Rosabel Tan, Pantograph Punch
  • "Be heard: review of Jane Doe", Rachael Longshaw-Park, Theatrescenes
  • "Well crafted, powerfully performed and immensely important", Leigh Sykes, Theatreview