POWER BALLAD

"I am looking for a (body) language which exists outside the patriarchal definitions. Of course that is not possible. But who is any longer interested in the possible." - Kathy Acker

Power Ballad
Nominated for a Total Theatre Award, 2017
... a wordless assault on patriarchy and performative norms in order to break on through to the other side where a collective display of elation awaits...
— Herald Scotland
A brilliant mash-up of flesh, sonics and text ★★★★★
— The List, UK
Patti Smith would dig it
— Xpress Magazine Perth

Power Ballad is an angry, feminist, live art investigation of language and its sometimes hidden ideologies. Part performance lecture, part karaoke party, Power Ballad deconstructs gendered linguistic histories and rips apart contemporary language to find a new articulation of pleasure, anger and femaleness.

With an 80s soundtrack to rival any school disco, Power Ballad is anarchic, loud and filled with feminist rage and Annie Lennox. Performed to massive audience and critical acclaim in New Zealand, Melbourne, Perth and as part of the 2017 Summerhall Festival Programme 2017 Edinburgh Fringe where it was shortlisted for a highly prestigious Total Theatre award.

WINNER:

  • Best Performer & Best Live Art - Auckland Fringe 2017
  • Melbourne Festival 'Discovery Award' - Melbourne Fringe 2017

CREATED BY JULIA CROFT & NISHA MADHAN
PERFORMED BY JULIA CROFT
directed by NISHA MADHAN
LIGHTING DESIGN BY CALVIN HUDSON

 
Power Ballad is a revolution: winking while bringing both form and content to its knees in a way that is deeply, deeply hopeful.
— The Pantograph Punch
 

Trailers by Isobel Dryburgh
Hero image by Andi Crown Photography