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‘Footnotes’

by Meredith Moss
Footnotes theatre

A cry for protest: Even if you consider yourself a feminist, something that we don’t do enough is discuss privilege even though we find ourselves living and working in a world that is not entirely equal.

I shared my thoughts on the struggle with privilege with the director of Footnotes, Jenny Beacraft, and her response was,

The privilege question is a big one.  We’ve done a lot of research including, of course, writings and teachings of Peggy McIntosh and Toni Morrison.  Myself and most of the white women on the team have been doing the #MeAndMyWhiteSupremacyChallenge created by Layla Saad to do the work of understanding our white privilege.’

Jenny goes on to say ”The play as a result of this and so much other research about feminism and gender, has become an exploration of the change in the way we relate to each other, oppressive gender roles, a change in the way we see gender and types of privileges.  With absurd humour we deconstruct the boxes we live in whether they be visible or invisible, impossible to bear or deceptively comfortable.’ 

The production includes a woman of colour, (Opera Singer Stephany Ortega)  and a dancer from the Transexual community that is in Luxembourg from Barcelona (Damian Díaz) who also participated in the devising of the piece, as well as Claire Thill and two other actresses from Luxembourg (Fréderique Colling and Elsa Rausch).  

The writer, Claire Thill, was inspired to write a piece after the Women’s March of 2017. ‘She wanted to examine the idea that ‘The act of walking out in the street is not the same for everyone.’ 

Everyone has a different story of how they came about living in Luxembourg just as everyone has a different story about how they have experienced feminism. The play ‘Footnotes’ pulls apart privilege and deconstructs our individual doubts and ideas about the boxes we live in. The play opens at the Escher Theatre on Thursday, November 14th and will also be performed on Friday, November 15th. They have plans to perform at other locations in Luxembourg, including he National Theatre on December .

The play is about the tectonic shifts we are experiencing in how we relate to each other, how gender rolls are changing and our total perception of gender.

Footnotes takes the audience on an impossible journey, not just a simple walk but a collective cry for protest. More than just a stroll through the feminist movements, this piece explores our questions, research, and sense of responsibility as women.

To read more and purchase tickets for Footnotes, click here.

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