How do people miss the signals of someone withdrawing consent? Inspired by the Aziz Ansari scandal, Madeline Gould and Joel Samuels have both written monologues for characters on a date without conferring. A novel way of creating theatre, this process will emulate the discrepancies in memory when two people recount the same experience.
Lou is in the Vaults bar, they’ve got some thoughts about their date. Jaz is in the smoking area ready to explain. Presenting three sides of the truth, the audience will be split into intimate groups to hear one monologue before they come together to look through peep holes at the date, finally separating again to hear the second perspective. The production poses questions about who we should trust when one party believes it is sexual misconduct and the other simply a bad date.
This voyeuristic theatrical experience explores the rituals and minefields of dating in a post #MeToo era. With a rotating cast, both characters will be variously played by men and women as heterosexual and same-sex couples. Greyscale is about more than gender; it is about sexual dominance, social constructs and power. It brings the #MeToo movement from the penthouse heights of media moguls’ hotel rooms down to the level of the everyday.
Can one party be oblivious to someone’s discomfort in a sexual situation? Was Aziz Ansari telling the truth, did he have no idea that ‘Grace’ was that uncomfortable? Did he know and push forwards anyway? Greyscale explores the conditioning which feeds into consent and underlies partner dynamics.
Roann McCloskey comments, The conversation needs to be more than what the #metoo movement started. We’re distracted by this space we have moved into where we believe that sexual assault is committed by giant fairytale villains. There is a base layer of consent that is being ignored. It goes hand in hand with power dynamics and entitlement and that’s where we need the conversation to head. What can we do to transform the future of consent? Why? How?
Saturday 2nd February – Sunday 17th March 2019
Wednesday – Saturday, every 45 minutes between 6.30pm and 9.30pm Sunday, every 45 minutes between 3pm and 9.30pm
Vehicle Venues, VAULT Festival, The Vaults, Leake Street, SE1 7NN
Tickets are available priced £10 from vaultfestival.com.
The Vaults are located underneath Waterloo station (on the Northern, Bakerloo and Jubilee lines). Leave Waterloo Station via Exit 1. Turn right onto Station Road Approach and keep on the right-hand side of the road. Walk to the bottom of the road and down the first set of stairs you come to then turn right at the bottom of the stairs. The entrance to VAULT Festival is 10 meters down the graffiti tunnel on the right-hand side.
Stella Taylor and Leila Sykes Madeline Gould and Joel Samuels
Ages 12+ with sexual themes