Dates and Times
Wed 22 March at 9pm
Part of Sprint 2017, running from Tue 7 – Sun 26 March. Why not take advantage of our double bill ticket offer – two shows on the same night for just £16. Simply add the shows into your basket, and we’ll do the rest! Browse our full Sprint programme here.
Presented by Jess Brodie & Victoria Bianchi
The bottom line is, I feel like she’s doing life right. I mean, I still listen to Jacqueline Wilson audiobooks and wear a bow tie and waistcoat to work. I know we’re different people and we just chose different paths but the reality is, looking at it objectively, she’s done everything right and I’m a failure.
Victoria is 27 with a daughter, a husband and a mortgage; in other words, she’s ticking off all of the boxes you’re supposed to have in early adulthood. Jess once described her life as perfect. Jess, on the other hand, is single, taking night classes in theatre while working as an usher to pay her exorbitant rent. Victoria’s jealous of her freedom and the fact that she can do whatever she wants whenever she wants. It’s not that they’re unhappy, they just want a little bit of what the other one has. So they’re going to talk to each other about it, and maybe throw in the odd dance routine, in front of a live audience.
I’ll Have What She’s Having explores the competitive nature of contemporary womanhood. The piece unpacks the pressures put on young women to forge a career, marry, procreate and get on the property ladder all before hitting 30. We’ve never had so many choices as to how to live our lives, and, yet, choosing not to follow the road-most-travelled results in the creeping feeling that you’re not doing the right thing as a woman. It’s an autobiographical work inspired by the widely diverging lives of two women of a similar age. The performance combines text and movement, and has a kitsch soundscape of early noughties pop.
With support from Redbridge Drama Centre
Jess and Victoria know how to win 2017. Do you? Read their blog here.
About the artists
Victoria Bianchi is a Scottish performer and playwright. Much of her current work is site-specific, and previous solo works have been programmes at The Arches (Glasgow), Oran Mor (Glasgow) and Summerhall (Edinburgh).
Jess Brodie is a London-based performer originally from Edinburgh. She is currently studying acting at IDSA. Roles while training include Sybil in Private Lives and Lady in Orpheus Descending. She has previously written for Deadly Seven at Chelsea Theatre.
I’ll Have What She’s Having is their first collaboration.
Image credit – Lydia Milne
This is a work-in-progress performance, and the show is still in the process of being created. There is an opportunity for you to feedback to the artists, which will be used to further develop the piece.