Victoria Midwinter Pitt is nervous about the Australian premiere of her play All The Things I Would Never Tell You In 8 Songs And 12 Pictures.
She’s not worried about the show’s quality, especially since the production has already enjoyed a successful run in the 2004 Madrid Alternativa theatre festival.
It’s simply that the play was shamelessly gleaned from Pitt’s chequered romantic history -“ and it’s possible any number of ex-girlfriends might catch the show.
In Madrid it was easy, Pitt said over coffee.
There was this fantastic, reckless sense of being able to stand up in public and say terrible things about people and not have to change their names or their hairstyles.
But in the play there are 14 characters and there are about nine or 10 ex-lovers, she said.
The play wasn’t intended to be autobiographical.
Pitt, who had formerly worked for the ABC making documentaries, moved to Madrid to be with her girlfriend Ana Momplet Chico.
The couple submitted only the barest outline of a possible new one-woman show starring Chico to a major theatre festival and got a shocking acceptance.
At that stage there was no script, let alone a production -“ and we had six weeks from start to finish. There was nowhere for me to go except into my own life, Pitt said.
Pitt said it is unabashedly lesbian in terms of content, and she can’t wait to see the reaction from queer audiences -“ although in Madrid no one batted an eye.
I remember being in the theatre one night and Ana was talking about what it’s like to be in love with women and how difficult it is as a woman to be in love with women, Pitt said.
And there were these two big thick-necked blokes in front of me nodding -˜hmmm’!
All The Things I Would Never Tell You In 8 Songs And 12 Pictures is playing at the Downstairs Theatre, Seymour Centre, from 28 February to 2 March. Phone 9351 7940.