MY FABULOUS TARTAN FROCK
“One day you’re going to wake up and realise that you’re trapped. You’re going to realise you’re trapped, your chest is going to tighten and you’re going to feel like you’re dying.
Then you will get up and carry on as usual.”
My Fabulous Tartan Frock was a co-production with conFAB and saw us work with community actors and young people. The production brought domestic violence into the spotlight with dramatic examination of self image exploring the remarkable collective journey of women who have experienced domestic abuse.
How do you escape a violent lover? And then how do you escape the shadow of that violent love?
Frock was our attempt to capture moments, emotions, fragmented images of these experiences ... an attempt to confront the issue that society, far too often, looks to the abused woman, not the abuser, to take responsibility for their actions. This show is a question mark ... It asks, why is domestic abuse still happening on such a massive scale, why are women still systematically failed by society and how are we, the people living on this planet, in this city, right now going to prevent this being somebody else’s or our own future?
Director: Catrin Evans
Movement Director: Jen Edgar
Designer: Janis Hart
Sound Design: Noel Bridgeman
AV Design: David Griffin
Lighting Design: Will Gardner
Producer: Rachel Jury’
BY Catrin evans, rachel jury and the cast
“lays bare the truth with chilling effect.”
The Herald ★★★★
“Just to remind you (cast of FROCK) how important and powerful the work you do is. Three of the women from the group I brought to see the show today asked me to accompany them to Women’s Aid because FROCK made them realise there is another option.”
Frock Audience Member
''Just to say how much I enjoyed the performance and how much I admired the women involved, for their courage and tenacity.ﾠ It is a testament to the strength of women that they can come back from such experiences and find their own identity again.ﾠThe performance gives real insight into the feelings, emotions and difficulties experienced by women in a relationship that is unhealthy.”
'Just wanted to say how moved we all were by the performance yesterday. It was extremely powerful and the women I had brought along are still talking about it. I am already talking to people about getting the funding together to try to bring the performance to our area, it should be seen by as wide an audience as possible”
'There are ten of us but we feel like one force, we feel strong and determined. We have all been deeply touched by what we have heard and learned in the making of My Fabulous Tartan Frock. Our own awareness and confidence has grown and our goal is to pass this on through our words and actions.”
The Cast of My Fabulous Tartan Frock
The Arches, Glasgow
8th-10th December 2009
Since playing at The Arches the company have performed extracts of My Fabulous Tartan Frock across Glasgow as part of the ongoing campaign to raise awareness about domestic abuse and to encourage women to seek assistance in escaping abusive relationships.
SUPPORTED BY / In Partnership with:
Glasgow’s Sixteen Days of Action to Eliminate Violence Against Women
The Women’s Support Project
Scottish Community Foundation: Women’s Fund For Scotland
Scottish Arts Council
Awards For All
Glasgow City Council
Culture and Sport Glasgow.