It is always a joy to step on stage and bring a vision to life for an audience to be energised, empowered and entertained by, whether it’s in a full-scale show, or performing poetry or burlesque (or both simultaneously) on variety nights.

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image by Mitchel Tuul.

Current Productions
Burlesque by Force
Written & Performed by Brodie Turner
Directed, Dramaturgy, co-Written, Costume & Set Design by Marissa Bennett
Lighting Design & Operation by Stephen Moylan
Sound by Abbey Howlett

‘Burlesque by Force’ is a one-human theatre show that shares stories of sexual trauma and consent, juxtaposing exposure of the body with exposure of the impacts of sexual violence as it meets with social stigma, homophobia, body image issues and queer life. Backstage, a burlesque performer strips off costume and character to reveal the dark truths behind the bright lights of life. Walk the line between reality and coping mechanism, where humour, humility and poetry converge in an intimate story of consent and silence-breaking.

This show was first presented at Adelaide Feast Festival to critical acclaim, then presented an independent season at Melbourne’s Butterfly Club, before returning to Adelaide for a brief season in the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2017. After its first showing, Brodie Turner was nominated for the Adelaide Critics’ Circle Emerging Artist Award. Future seasons to be announced will be produced by MEAN Projects.

The Burlesque by Force team acknowledges the Indigenous people on whose stolen lands we perform, whose sovereignty we respect beyond recognition. This performance comes with a trigger warning for loud noises and use of silence, coarse language, mild nudity and content regarding sexual violence. However, this show has been crafted to support audiences to engage in triggering content safely and positively.

“you cannot leave Burlesque by Force unchanged” – Adelaide Advertiser

Eve St John
Concept & Writing by Brodie Turner
Operated by Tamara Bennetts
with support from Jesse Black

EVE ST JOHN‘ explores consent practices through a one-on-one audio-interactive poetry immersion, which was accepted to be part of Testing Grounds‘ program in Melbourne Fringe Festival 2017. Zines featuring the poetry from this show are still available for sale ($10 for a 24-page zine of over 60 poems!). Contact me for your copy!