Eleanor Bishop and Karin McCracken are the brains behind a new theatre production that seeks to explore issues around sexual consent and examine what makes for healthy relationships. YES YES YES has been described as: ‘a funny, generous and innovative piece of contemporary theatre that speaks directly to some of the most pressing issues young people face today’.
Bishop was studying in the US when the issue of rape culture was being both badly managed and strongly debated on university campuses. She tells ArtsHub: ‘I became very passionate about wanting to explore these issues and made a piece of theatre called Jane Doe about rape culture that I toured to colleges in the US when I was doing my masters. On my return to Aotearoa New Zealand, I met Karin, who was both a lawyer and actor and, at the time, was doing sexual violence prevention work in high schools. I was interested in the same themes and values and we just connected.’