The brilliant multi-talented musician and performance artist Claire Duncan is lending her musical wizardry to the role of sound designer for Medusa, a new experimental feminist theatre show made by Nisha Madhan, Julia Croft and Virginia Frankovich who are ground-breaking in this genre in lil old Aotearoa.
As a musician, Duncan spearheaded the critically acclaimed act Dear Time’s Waste and currently works under the moniker i.e. crazy, where she teams visceral lyrics with spine tingling guitar sounds. Her debut self- LP Non Compos Mentis was released on MUZAI Records in New Zealand and the UK, which was deemed to be a “barrage of emotional dysfunction and honest feeling, setting fire to both the past and the future” by the Otago Daily Times. She is co-founder of Literal Fuck, a concept group that performed a headline show at Laneway Festival in Auckland for two years running (2014-2015) along with a street performance with i.e. crazy.
Duncan has also dived into music documentary making with Land of the Long White Stain which dives into the underground music scene in New Zealand. Medusa marks Duncan’s return to theatre sound design to collaborate again with Virginia Frankovich. The duo formed a strong working relationship through working together on Silo Theatre’s 2017 riotous and critically acclaimed Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again, where Frankovich made her directing debut and Duncan made her first foray into sound design. She's super integrated into the process for Medusa as they and the sound design is at the core of the experience– think theremins, loop pedals, swinging mics etc.
Emotional anarchy, comedic, purgative, liberating – Theatreview
This show created by a group of empowered women had its world premiere in Wellington last month at Circa as part of the brill WTF! Fest, strategically timed for the 125th anniversary of suffrage, and opens in Auckland on October 25 as part of Q’s burning hot MATCHBOX 2018 season, which has produced sell-out shows and many an Edinburgh jaunt over the last few years. The bunch of creatives on this show all have amazing track records in Edinburgh too, having helped pave the way for the kind of success NZ artists had over there this year – Nisha & Julia presented the Total Theatre Award nominated Power Ballad in 2017, Virginia & Julia took If There's Not Dancing In The Revolution I’m not Going in 2016, and Julia was also just a judge for the Total Theatre Awards this year.
MEDUSA was produced with the help of Creative New Zealand and Circa Theatre and is proudly part of MATCHBOX 2018, Q Theatre’s creative development programme.
Loft, Q Theatre, Auckland as part of the MATCHBOX 2018 season
Thursday 25 October – Saturday 3 November
Loft at Q Theatre, 305 Queen Street
7.30PM - 70 mins, no interval
Ticket prices: $25 - $35 (booking fees may apply) from www.qtheatre.co.nz/medusa
With a head of poisonous snakes and a murderous gaze, Medusa has come to epitomise female monstrosity. Caravaggio painted her. Shakespeare wrote about her. Freud had a bloody field day.From acclaimed feminist theatre makers Julia Croft, Virginia Frankovich and Nisha Madhan comes a new work of dissection and dissent on female bodies, female violence and female rage. With Medusa as their muse, and Jill Soloway as their spiritual guide, Medusa is a blood boiler, a stealthy deconstruction, and one of feminism’s great reclamations.
PLEASE NOTE // Contains mature language, flashing lights and loud noises
Sound Design: Claire Duncan / Performance Design: Meg Rollandi / Lighting Design & Technical Operation: Calvin Hudson / Dramaturg: Kate Prior / Production Manager: Ruby Reihana-Wilson / Producer: Lydia Zanetti for Zanetti Productions