“Brilliant, funny, non-awkward…” – You Have My Word
‘period.’ is an educational comedy about menstruation interweaving storytelling, clowning, and puppetry. Not just for girls, this taboo crushing, period positive performance takes you along as 11-year-old Karla experiences her period for the very first time and comes up against every menstruator’s worst nightmares.
Recently called the play ‘Everyone, of any age and gender, deserves to see’ by Theatreview, ‘period.’ is about changing the way society talks about periods. Verbatim stories are performed by voice actors and overlay the puppetry sequences offering a raw look into the world of period shaming and period poverty in Aotearoa New Zealand. We, at Ephemeral Theatre, understand not every woman bleeds and not all who bleed are women, which is why our interviews have included women, trans-men, and gender fluid and/or non-binary people.
It is the year of difficult conversations–menstruation is one of them. ‘period.’ offers parents the chance to break the cycle of shame and broach the often awkward period talk with their kids in a light, humours, yet informative way.
Audiences can expect giant vagina pillows, a myriad of menstrual cups, and tiny tampon puppets! ‘period.’ is religiously and culturally sensitive, suitable for people aged 9 years, and void of strong language that may offend some people.
Amy has undergone extensive research including: reading Menstrupedia, Te Awa Atua: menstruation in the pre-colonial Māori world, and Chicken Soup for the Girls Soul; consulting the online resources offered by Embracing It, and Endometriosis New Zealand; and interviewing a diverse range of menstruators whose stories feature in the script and skits of the work.
Photography by Holly Neill Photography