A sometimes sexy, often subversive contemporary theatre work that collides
live art, live camera, fake orgasms and real screams.

If you’ve ever caught yourself intellectualising the problematic-ness of literally everything you’ve ever loved, you’ll like Body Double.
— Wellingtonista, NZ
Ambitious, complex, subversive, compelling
— Theatreview, NZ

I am having sex. I am seeing myself have sex.

Is it possible to re-write the sexual scripts we’ve been taught? Can we move past looking and dive headfirst into feeling? In this ambitious new work from Eleanor Bishop, Julia Croft and Karin McCracken, erotic literature, science, memoir and the language of Hollywood film are combined to explore the complexities of female desire.

Performing as one another’s body doubles Julia Croft (Power Ballad, Shortlisted Total Theatre Emerging Performer Award, Edinburgh 2017) and Karin McCracken (Jane DoeIt’s A Trial) enact their memories, fantasies and inherited scripts in a collage of live performance and projection.

Sometimes sexy and often subversive, Body Double collides live art, live camera, fake orgasms and real screams, with direction from acclaimed director Eleanor Bishop (Jane Doe, The PlayGround Collective) and in collaboration with US based performance and media designers Kevin Ramser and Lucy Pope.

The Creative Team 

Created by Eleanor Bishop and Julia Croft with Karin McCracken
PRESENTED & Produced by Zanetti Productions

Performance: Julia Croft and Karin McCracken
Text: Eleanor Bishop, Julia Croft and Karin McCracken
Direction: Eleanor Bishop
Media Design: Kevin Ramser
Set and Costume Design: Lucy Pope
Sound Design: Te Aihe Butler
Lighting Design: Marcus McShane

STAB 2017 is commissioned by BATS Theatre and supported by Creative New Zealand. Body Double is also supported by Wellington City Council.

Please note: R16 - contains sexual content


The George Webby Most Promising Newcomer Award: Karin McCracken
(Wellington Theatre Awards 2017)
Lighting Designer of the Year: Marcus McShane (Wellington Theatre Awards 2017)
The Jack Jeffs Charitable Trust Production of the Year: Body Double
(Wellington Theatre Awards 2017)


March 2018
Co-presented by Auckland Arts Festival & Silo Theatre
Loft at Q Theatre, Auckland, NZ

November 2017
BATS Theatre, Wellington, NZ