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.

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CREATIVE TEAM

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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

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

PRESENTATIONS

Jane Doe is much more than a show. It is a piece of political activism
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— 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

  • Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, April 27, 2019

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

PRESS

  • "Playwright Eleanor Bishop: “To be a young woman is to be harassed”, Simon Wilson, The Spinoff, June 6, 2017

  • "Auckland feminist theatre producers take on Edinburgh", Dani McDonald, Sunday Star Times, June 11, 2017

  • "Smartphone extremists and VR scuba-divers: Edinburgh's tech trailblazers", Lyn Gardner, The Guardian, August 19, 2017

  • “Interactive show invites the audience to be front and centre at a rape trial”, Sara Meij, Nelson Mail, August 31, 2018

  • “Meet the makers: Eleanor Bishop”, ARTicle magazine, September 17, 2018

  • “Audience involved in confronting play”, Otago Daily Times, September 25, 2018

  • “The myth of the tortured artist: How New Zealand is safeguarding mental health in the arts”, George Fenwick, NZ Herald, November 25, 2018

 AWARDS

  • Most Original Production - Wellington Theatre Awards 2018

  • Critics Choice - Sydney Fringe Awards 2018

  • Melbourne Tour Ready Award - Sydney Fringe Awards 2018

  • Auckland Live Presentation Award - Auckland Fringe Awards 2017

  • Unfuck the World/Social Impact Award - Auckland Fringe Awards 2017

REVIEWS

  • "Well crafted, powerfully performed and immensely important", Leigh Sykes, Theatreview, June 7, 2017

  • "Theatre review: Jane Doe", Ethan Sills, NZ Herald, June 9, 2017

  • "Trauma, Consensus and Romantic Comedies: A Conversational Review of Jane Doe", Kate Prior & Rosabel Tan, Pantograph Punch, June 10, 2017

  • "Be heard: review of Jane Doe", Rachael Longshaw-Park, Theatrescenes, June 12, 2017

  • "Jane Doe - five stars", Charlie Ralph, Broadway Baby, August 10, 2017

  • "Review: Jane Doe - five stars", Joseph Winer, A Younger Theatre, August 13, 2017

  • "Thought provoking and sincere - four stars", Iona Young, Edinburgh49, August 13, 2017

  • "Theatre review Jane Doe - four stars", Sally Stott, The Scotsman, August 17, 2017

  • "Jane Doe - four stars", Donald Hutera, The List, September 6, 2017

  • “Succeeds beyond doubt”, Terry McTavish, Theatreview (Dunedin), September 23, 2018

  • “Review: Jane Doe - four and a half stars”, Judith Greenaway, Arts Hub, September 27, 2018

  • “This important work lights a fire in all of us”, Gemma Carroll, Theatreview (Napier), October 26, 2018

  • “Extremely engaging and constructive”, John Smythe, Theatreview (Wellington), October 31, 2018

  • “Important conversations incredibly thoughtfully crafted”, Alana Dixon-Calder, Theatreview (Invercargill), May 1, 2019