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Power Ballad

Julia Croft/Nisha Madhan (New Zealand)

Jan 22 – 26, 2019 | Historic Theatre

Historic Theatre

Show Warning: this show contains haze.

Power Ballad is an angry, feminist, live art investigation of language and its sometimes hidden ideologies. Part performance lecture, part karaoke party, Power Ballad deconstructs gendered linguistic histories and rips apartcontemporary language to find a new articulation of pleasure, anger, and femaleness.

With an ‘80s soundtrack to rival any school disco, Power Ballad is anarchic and loud; filled with feminist rage and…Annie Lennox

Part of the Femme Series: highlighting the strength and power of female-identifying voices and experiences.

The one-woman performance is evocative”—Maira Hassan, The Vancouver Arts Review

Power Ballad is a shocking and explosive work…Croft bravely confronts seemingly immovable patriarchal structures in this rallying production”—Nicole Alivojvodic, iliveineastvan.com

Power Ballad brilliantly and insistently demands the abandonment of an outside world. Still, it remains politically relevant and thought provoking”— Fringe Feed Australia

Many shows lay claim to gender fluidity, but this is the real deal: othering, teasing, provoking. The tone moves between hysteria and terror, joy and despair”—The List UK

A wordless assault on patriarchy and performative norms in order to break on through to the other side where a collective display of elation awaits”— Herald Scotland

Might be the second weirdest Fringe show I’ve ever seen”— The Edinburgh Guide

Patti Smith would dig it”— Xpress Magazine Perth

Deeply, deeply hopeful”— Pantograph Punch


Nominee: Total Theatre Award, Edinburgh Fringe 2017
Winner: Best Performer & Best Live Art (Auckland Fringe 2017)
Winner: Melbourne Festival ‘Discovery Award” (Melbourne Fringe 2017)


Jan 22, 8PM: Opening
Jan 23 – 26, 8PM

Post-show Artist Talkback: Jan 23

Running Time: 50m, no intermission


Creator/Performer: Julia Croft
Director/Creator: Nisha Madhan
Designer/Technician: Calvin Hudson
Producer: Zanetti Productions/Lydia Zanetti

Special performance: Join us following the show on Jan 25 for Feminist Karaoke with Julia Croft. An evening full of noise and femme power anthems to exorcise our feminist rage and celebrate the mothers of us all. Definitely taking requests.

The Femme Series is generously supported by the Charlotte and Sonya Wall Arts Fund.

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