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.



Unquestionably should be seen by as many people as possible
— Broadway Baby
  • Writer & Director: Eleanor Bishop

  • Performer/s (USA): Molly Griggs, Alex Spieth

  • Performer (New Zealand): Karin McCracken

  • Dramaturg: Rachel Abrams

  • Media Design: Dan Sakamoto & Kevan Loney

  • Original Music & Sound: Gareth Hobbs

  • Contributing Artist: Lucy Pope

  • Technician (USA): Kevan Loney

  • Technicians (NZ): Khalid Parker & Calvin Hudson

  • 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

A theatre experience to make one analyze and assess and recognize: then act.
— Arts Hub


Jane Doe is much more than a show. It is a piece of political activism
— A Younger Theatre
“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

  • Carnegie Mellon University Pre-College, Pittsburgh, August 6, 2017

  • Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland, August 3-28, 2017

  • Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, September 21, 2017

  • Arts Festival Dunedin, NZ, September 21-23, 2018

  • Sydney Fringe Festival, Australia, September 25-29, 2018

  • Nelson Arts Festival, NZ, October 20 & 21, 2018

  • Hawkes Bay Arts Festival, NZ, October 25, 2018

  • BATS Theatre, Wellington, NZ, Oct 30 - Nov 3, 2018

  • Southland Arts Festival, Invercargill, NZ, May 1-2, 2019


  • "Smartphone extremists and VR scuba-divers: Edinburgh's tech trailblazers", Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

  • “The myth of the tortured artist: How New Zealand is safeguarding mental health in the arts”, George Fenwick, NZ Herald

  • “Interactive show invites the audience to be front and centre at a rape trial”, Sara Meij, Nelson Mail

  • "Interview with Jane Doe's Eleanor Bishop and Karin McCracken, Sophie McLean, Edinburgh Student Advertiser

  • "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







  • “Review: Jane Doe - four and a half stars”, Judith Greenaway, Arts Hub

  • "Review: Jane Doe - five stars", Joseph Winer, A Younger Theatre

  • "Jane Doe - five stars", Charlie Ralph, Broadway Baby

  • "Theatre review Jane Doe - four stars", Sally Stott, The Scotsman

  • "Jane Doe - four stars", Donald Hutera, The List

  • "Jane Doe - four stars", Morgan Laing, Edinburgh Fest Mag

  • "Thought provoking and sincere - four stars", Iona Young, Edinburgh49

  • "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

  • “Succeeds beyond doubt”, Terry McTavish, Theatreview (Dunedin)

  • “This important work lights a fire in all of us”, Gemma Carroll, Theatreview (Napier)

  • “Extremely engaging and constructive”, John Smythe, Theatreview (Wellington)