‘What’s a pretty girl like you doing in a place like this?
This place is yours. The words you use declare it. Words that stick. Words to set me on edge, to make me smaller. Words to tell me that I’m only here as decoration.
It’s harmless, though. It’s not all men. But it’s pretty much all women.’
In this solo performance in a working bar, compliments and threatening comments alike are dissected through a careful mix of humour, truth, and free drinks. I serve more than just beer as I use my own experiences of sexual harassment at work to show with unsettling clarity how language is intrinsic to violence against women.
Pour and Serve was originally developed for On The Verge Festival 2017 in partnership with Hope Street Ltd, Liverpool. It has since toured to Contact, Manchester, Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh and York Theatre Royal. It is currently being developed for a tour of workplaces and universities with accompanying workshops on sexual harassment led by Hebe Reilly. Please get in touch for more information.
‘A skilful performance in safe hands. It was angry but didn’t target or humiliate anyone, perfect writing.’
‘Writing and performance were terrific. Moving, thoughtful, raw and real.’
‘It was affecting and unsettling to watch – very on point.’
‘People need to hear this.’
Photo credit: Andrew Ness