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.    


 

FEMALE EYES

I see and feel the world through the sharp, glistening eyes of a woman, and even though I can easily imagine being a man or a boy or a polar bear or a little girl or an old elephant, they are all imagined through my body, my eyes.

If something I see moves me deeply, or fills me with rage or sorrow then I begin to write.  There is no map.  There are no rules.  The only rule is to create living, human beings that breathe on the page as well as on the stage.

A woman playwright cannot help but bring the full weight of her vision and feelings to bear on the characters she creates, and by doing so she often smashes through dusty stereotypes and into fresh perspectives; fuller perspectives.  It goes without saying – or perhaps it needs to be said a thousand more times – that it is paramount for women playwrights to write powerful, dramatic plays, and for theatres to put those plays on their stages.  The stories that need the most telling are the stories each playwright feels they MUST tell or else they will die.

I look at the world through my eyes – a woman’s eyes – female floodlights – lady X-ray vision – eyeballs on the tips of my breasts – eyes everywhere.

 

Colleen Murphy