Guest Blog Post: The Eve Effect

HERSTORY “written from a feminist perspective, emphasizing the role of women, or told from a woman’s point of view. The principal aim of HERSTORY is to bring women out of obscurity from the historical record.”

HERSTORY is playing on Friday 26 July 2019 at 7:15 pm. Click here for more information.

Women make up 50 percent of the world’s population, okay 49.549 percent if you wanna get all technical, but when it comes to recorded history, women only occupy around 0.5 percent. Let that sink in.

As actor-musicians, we are driven to reflect on our relationship with the past, and our connection to the stories and musical traditions that have come before us. As we head into 2020, we want to examine how our roles as orators of the past might shape our understanding of the parts we play today – and what better way than to create a musical ode to courageous and contentious women from history? And we mean contentious. Ever heard of Countess Elizabeth Bathory? Well you have now.

But where to start your research about women both past and present? In the beginning of course….

Whether you believe the Bible was divinely inspired or not, there’s no denying that the Book of Genesis has served as the ‘go-to’ source in the West for definitions and tales surrounding gender and morality.

I suppose you could say that our girl Eve has served as the poster girl; the fundamental character and identity for all women. But what has that character revealed to us exactly?

That women are the ignominy of original sin?

That we can’t be trusted?

Or maybe that we’re just bloody hungry. I mean, it was an apple that Eve plucked from the Tree of Knowledge and hey, we’ve all got to get our 5-a-day in somehow!

The ‘Eve effect’ has continued to ripple throughout the ages, with the tale of Eve having plucked the forbidden fruit serving over time as a principle example to support measures, controls and laws to curtail, as well as limit the rights, actions, and status of women.

For I do not allow woman to teach, or to exercise authority over men; but she is to keep silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. (1 Timothy 2:12-14)

So where do we, as modern women, fit into this equation now? Several thousand years removed, and yet, strangely linked? Come to HERSTORY to learn more about the women that have paved the way, the women who fought back and women who believe that the sky’s the limit. It’s time to listen to the stories that have been forgotten, systematically excluded or simply written out of the records. This is her story.