The Femme Commandments

There are rules for being a woman. You’re doing it wrong.

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Two people looking off into a light in a godly fashion, they are dressed in white. One is holding a book the other has their arms out stretched, they are both smiling.

Image Credit: Darren Gill

  • Presented by: Nikki Viveca & Kitty San Pedro

Nikki Viveca is a 40-something Latvian Australian trans woman, a poet, burlesque artist and comedian. Kitty San Pedro is a 40-something Greek Australian cis woman, a classically trained violinist who now plays music of the Greek underground. Both of them have repeatedly broken their family’s hearts by not following expected paths through life.

This is a show about the rules and expectations placed on women. Told from a personal and intimate perspective, it will use poetry, story-telling and music to explore what it means to be your own woman in a world determined to tell you how you should be and how you’re doing it wrong.

Something like a cross between a poetry reading and an indie folk concert, the Femme Commandments covers topics women often feel we can’t (or shouldn’t) talk about. Bodily autonomy and the changes we make (or don’t) to our bodies to fit social ideas. Parenting outside the expected social structures. “Acceptable” ways of ageing. “Acceptable” ways of being queer. "Acceptable" ways of talking about these kind of topics.

Nikki's poetry combines humour and pathos, allowing for gentle exploration of taboo themes, while Kitty’s music evokes and soothes emotion. In a world that is an increasingly challenging place for all women, this show voices resistance and offers hope and comfort.
There are rules for being a woman. Thou shalt burn the rules.

About Theatre Works

Theatre Works is one of Australia’s longest-running independent theatres, constantly reinvigorating and reimagining the sector by providing a hotbed for artists and audience development. The organisation fills a vital niche in the Australian cultural landscape as an artistic home and destination for the ambitious, the new and the eminent. Theatre Works champions artists and work that embraces difference and celebrates risk, working to provide a supportive public platform for marginalised conversations and voices. This Fringe season, Theatre Works is showcasing ten shows over three weeks across two venues - Theatre Works (14 Acland Street ,St Kilda) & Explosives Factory (Rear Laneway, 67 Inkerman Street).

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