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FRINGE: Becoming Persephone

  • Hare Hole (Hares and Hyenas) 63 Johnston Street Fitzroy, VIC, 3065 Australia (map)

Written and Performed by Audrey El Osta
Produced by Mama Alto

'How could I possibly have militant feminist rage aflame within, when my dress is so cute and poofy?' Eurydice is taking Orpheus to hell, baby - don’t look back. You may lick Persephone’s pomegranate but she is not your manic pixie dream girl: she might giggle, or she might eat you alive. But don’t be scared, child. They’re just words.

Audrey El Osta is a fiercely feminist young poetess, a provocateur of social critique disguised in seductive words. Queer aesthetics, femme fatales, body positivity, the divine feminine, legacies of ancient mythologies, internet culture, and reappropriated social tropes collide to castrate the heteropatriarchy in her rich, humorous, evocative and empowering poetry. 

Audrey’s salon of words piercingly explores and sensitively examines femininity, sexuality, mental illness, sexualisation, youth, comedy and identity. These are highly moving, transporting and subversive odes to womanhood and female divinity within layers of modern life, ancient rites, pop culture and liberated sexualities. This is poetry written to sound, feel, and be, beautiful - in a way that highlights exactly why it isn’t.

Earlier Event: September 28
The Other Film Festival
Later Event: October 1
Sad Grrrls Fest Melbourne 2016