This post is part of a series for our Her Side of the Story encounter, May 13-14 2016 located at the National Theatre School of Canada. We invited theatre artists from across Canada to reflect on how their work in theatre is influenced by their perspective as women. Are they conscious of promoting a “feminine perspective” or is it something that is intuitive? Imago Theatre would like to thank all of the artists who responded to our questions for their thoughtful, insightful responses. We will be sharing these responses on our blog for the first two weeks of May. We will also be creating a publication of selected quotes, which will be available for free at the Her Side of the Story readings, long-table discussion, and cabaret.
Every story is informed and changed by the influence of the storyteller. Since time immemorial the privilege of perspective in theatre has been given to men. They have been allowed the right to be the observers, the commentators and the storytellers almost exclusively. We know that stories, true and invented, are what make up our societies: all politics, all passions, all ethics and moral codes. There is no doubt in my mind about that. So what kind of society excludes the perspective of half the population? Think about all of the truths that we have not been offered! All the perspectives that are missing in the story of our world! Women theatre makers have a lot of work to do now and in the future to make up for the perspectives that have been lost in our past. We are living in exciting times with those perspectives being brought forth through the fierce talent and dedication that women theatre makers are bringing to their work.