‘Time Out! (An adventure in Imagination, circus, shadow puppetry and the joys of sibling rivalry)’ is an ABC Circus production.
Is about three sisters running away from home. They leave their toys behind and are left to make do with a bag of recycling!
We thought a lot about gender representations when writing this. We wanted to present girls who didn’t necessity adhere to traditional or normative expectations of what a ‘girl’ should be. So Dani is in a very pretty dress, Jules is in (oval ball) sports gear, and Jamie painted handprints all over her teeshirt.
When we started we thought about a bit character, but it just didn’t feel right. What would make ‘him’ a boy? We know boys are said to identify with boy protagonists but we feel like there s so much in childhood that really isn’t gender specific. There s heaps for boys to relate to in the sincerity of dani, the cheekiness of jules, and the manic enthusiasm of Jamie and her dog.
We pass the Bechdel test with flying colours; our girls are way too busy saving themselves to even think about boys. Yet. Give them a few years?
Time out! is on at LaMama from 16-20 April
as part of La Mama for Kids at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.