“Marisa Carnesky’s exploration of the menstruation taboo starts off cheeky and turns into something downright hair-raising” – The Guardian
Putting the magic back into menstruation, showwoman and artist Dr Marisa Carnesky breaks the last unmentionable taboo in order to reinvent menstrual rituals for a new era.
Drawing on the hidden power of a forgotten matriarchal past this all out genre bending spectacular features a diverse cast including legendary hair hanger Fancy Chance, (winner, Alternative Miss World). Delivered with a tongue in cheek reverence, the show embodies a live art/cabaret crossover, mutating between a bizarre anthropology lecture to a magic stage show to a feminist activist ritual. Referencing representations of women and blood from ancient mythology to classic horror movies, here menstruation takes centre stage in a profound exploration into what it means to be ‘female’. Issues around fertility, body shame, taboo and lost ancient herstories are scrutinised, politicised & reclaimed.
With a potent brew of surrealism, horror and parody, Dr Carnesky presents mind blowing menstrual rituals utilising all manner of skills, tricks and props and an unstoppable flow of sheer heart and soul. Featuring live and filmed rituals from Marisa Carnesky, Fancy Chance, H Plewis, Sula Plewis Robbins, Rhyannon Styles, MisSa Blue and Nao Nagai
Funded by Arts Council England, Attenborough Centre For the Creative Arts