In an audacious and provocative protest against the world’s flagrant attempts to sexualise and commodify childhood, the award-winning performance artist Bryony Kimmings and her 9- year-old niece Taylor decided to take on the global tween machine at its own game.
They invented Catherine Bennett, a dinosaur-loving, bike-riding, tuna-pasta-eating pop star, and vowed to make her world famous to prove that an alternative was possible! Bryony became Catherine Bennett and Taylor her manager. So far they’ve been invited to parliament, become friends with Yoko Ono and Amanda Palmer, gained more column inches than Jessie J, been played on BBC Radio 1 and asked to write a TV show.
Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model is Taylor’s and Bryony’s theatre show. It is not for kids. Instead it tackles the issues at the very core of their project head on. It is set in a fantasy land far from our own, where lines are drawn in the sand, girls become knights, eyeballs are gouged, wars are waged and people sell their souls. It is a tale of hopeless protection, blind fury, 9-year-old brains and taking on the world with your family.
In typically screwball and humorous fashion, Kimmings, the creator of acclaimed shows Sex Idiot and 7 Day Drunk, begs the question: what does it really take to be a Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model for a child of the 21st century?
Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model
Theatre Works, 14 Acland Street, St. Kilda
Season: 25 March – 5 April 2014
Bookings: (03) 9434 3388 or online at: www.theatreworks.org.au