It is all about doing daring theatre and having some independence according to Oscar Theatre Company’s Emily Gilhome, on the eve of her gender roles challenging production Boy and Girl.
“I don’t like gender defining us and especially roles that men have to behave a certain way and women a certain way. As someone with a girlfriend I also think that these traditional roles influence same-sex relationships,” Gilhome explains.
Gilhome set up Oscar Theatre company a decade ago, relying on licensing shows and productions. Her next show is going it alone as a new creation and this reflects her drive.
“I wanted something that would entertain and challenge, and leave people leaving, not with any answers, but plenty to think about. Most of all I wanted it to be original, “she qadded”.
In a recognition of this new approach, Gilhome negotiated with Kris Stewart, the Artistic Director of Brisbane Powerhouse where her productions will now play. The significance is not lost on her. “Who could not love the Powerhouse? We are aligned with them creatively, with space and a desire to support local artists,” she added.
Oscar Theatre Company is a small operation but Gilhome also understands that she is part of the community. “I enjoy working with local artists to nurture them and give them profile, while also working on content the entertains and keeps powerful subjects spoken about, especially to do with sexuality and gender.”
Giving an insight into her show Boy Girl, Gilhome explains: “With a live band and ensemble of over 25 performers, this gender bender blurs the boundaries in a steamy one night stand full of crudity, rudity and nudity. Carry the Kleenex as these singers and dancers take you through an orgy of emotion with their impressive package of musical theatre, cabaret, contemporary and pop. From Chicago & Cabaret to Beyonce & Macklemore, these boys & girls are playing with everything.”
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