Guest blog: Amy Clare Tasker ahead of GAP Salon open space, part of Calm Down, Dear
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African proverb
We can all agree that we still have a long way to go when it comes to gender equality, on stage and off. That’s not what I’d like to talk about. We’ve all had those conversations already, right? What I would like to talk about is: how are we going to pull together and do something about it?
How are we going to make theatre relevant to the greater political and social equality movement?
How are we going to bring together Trans* people and men and women who are working on these issues?
How are we going to leave behind the tired stereotype that women don’t help each other?
How are we going to create partnerships that make our work more effective and sustainable?
How can we stop trying to change the world alone?
GAP Salon (Gender and Performance) aims to connect, sustain, and inspire artists and advocates working for gender equality. We know there are thousands of organisations, theatre companies, and individuals trying to change the world.
How many of us are doing this work alone, at midnight, in our pajamas?
How many organisations wish they could do more but don’t have the resources or time or staff?
How many of us want to get involved but don’t know where to start?
So, how can we find our place in the movement? How can we reach across barriers of gender, race, class, age and ability to create surprising, far-reaching, intersectional partnerships? How can we change the world without burning out, without getting discouraged, without going mad in the echo chamber of our isolation?
I don’t have the answers. I am asking, how can we help each other? I hope you’ll join us.
Amy Clare Tasker
cofounder, GAP Salon
Devoted & Disgruntled: Gender and Performance – It’s Not Just You is part of Calm Down, Dear 2015. Join us on Sat 26 Sep, 1pm – 4.30pm.