Five Questions with The Reginas

Emily Weavers and Coralie Schell aka The Reginas spoke with us about their cabaret performance coming to the Hume Bank Butter Factory Theatre 11-13 December 2019. This is an original work developed over the past two years and premiering with HotHouse Theatre.

What inspired you to make this work?

When asked this question previously, we have always answered that it started with the ‘me too’ movement. But how did we get to the ‘me too’ movement? Sadly, we have know too many women who are living with or doing the best to live with the fact that they are victims of sexual assault. These people are at arm’s length as well as very near and dear to us.
We considered the ‘me too’ movement to be something very important in our community giving voice to many women who have been silenced. We wanted our show to represent women as strong people, determined and resilient.
So we looked close to home, within our own families. We had lots of women that we could’ve written a fabulous story about. In the end, we chose Freda. Freda seemed to be someone that just put up with shit… Shit that had been derived from men with heavily ingrained misogynistic attitudes. She made us question what a strong woman looks like.

What is this show about?

It’s about Freda (Coralie’s grandmother). It’s about Coralie’s mother. But it is more than that. It is a discussion about women, feminism, hatred, and where people sit with these concepts.

Why is this story important now?

The world is still dealing with people that believe that treating minority groups like second class citizens is ok. Women are still getting raped/murdered, and told it’s their fault.

What is the key learning you are taking away from the theatre making process?

It’s taken two years to put it all together. We’ve learnt the importance of time management! Also, we have learnt a great deal from the business side of producing a show. We have learnt that there are so many things, such as lighting and sound, that help tell a story, not just words. We are lucky to have amazing people willing to back us, people who are so generous with their time and knowledge, and people who support us with their positivity! Only with this do we feel our show can be successful.

What does an organisation like HotHouse Theatre mean to you?

Of course the Celsius program has made a major difference to us being able to show Edlmayr. The grant has given us access to things like advertising, recordings and equipment. Being part of Celsius, we have felt 100% supported by all members of the HotHouse staff. Without this, we’re not sure if Edlmayr would have ever got off the ground. All of a sudden people took us seriously as local and independent artists and since then, given that this is our first ever go at putting on a theatre piece, we have been well supported throughout the process and beyond. We have felt like part of the family and this sense of belonging and friendship has made our cabaret that much more worthwhile. Thanks HotHouse!

Edlmayr by The Reginas plays from 11 December at the Butter Factory Theatre for three performances only.

Bookings can be made here.