Theatre show tackles the tricky subject of consent education

The award-winning Aotearoa New Zealand production YES YES YES is undertaking an Australian tour as consent education is mandated in schools.
Karin McCracken, second from right, with students. Image supplied.

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.’   

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Suzannah Conway is an experienced arts administrator, having been CEO of Opera Queensland, the Brisbane Riverfestival and the Centenary of Federation celebrations for Queensland. She is a freelance arts writer and has been writing reviews and articles for over 20 years, regularly reviewing classical music, opera and musical theatre in particular for The Australian and Limelight magazine as well as other journals. Most recently she was Arts Hub's Brisbane-based Arts Feature Writer.