Dates and Times
Thu 13 June 2019 at 9pm
Part of Calm Down Dear, a three-week festival of innovative feminist performance. The festival runs from Tuesday 28 May – Sunday 16 June.
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Presented by Good Friends For a Lifetime
Lily Levinson is tall with curly ginger hair. Maeve Campbell is short with dark hair. Maeve is a creative genius. Lily looks pretty good in a waistcoat. Sound familiar?
Using the stories of Simon & Garfunkel and Campbell & Levinson, Shades of Mediocrity proposes that the cult of genius excludes women. It’s a show inspired by feeling frustrated and lacking the confidence to contribute to artistic conversations. When Simon & Garfunkel reluctantly reunited in 1981, after a nine-year break, they performed in New York’s Central Park to 500,000 people, the largest concert audience the world had ever seen. Maeve and Lily would be happy to perform to 50 people.
Shades of Mediocrity is about the compromises that women make in realising their artistic ambitions, and about making art with your friends. Lily and Maeve (Good Friends For A Lifetime) attempt lip-syncing, New York accents and juggling to examine the ways in which women artists present themselves to their (un)adoring audiences.
Shades of Mediocrity is co-written by Maeve Campbell and Lily Levinson and directed by Minna Jeffery.
About the company
Lily Levinson, Maeve Campbell and Minna Jeffery are Good Friends for A Lifetime. They make theatre about the kitsch, the cult and the camp, offering an irreverent, feminist perspective on collective nostalgia and cultural memory.
They make shows for millennials and their parents.*
*Their own parents think their work is terrible.