SISTER meets HEROINE
When Abi approached us about doing an interview for her Liverpool based zine Heroine, we were like, hold up. We need to find out more about this. So who better to fill y’all in than the woman herself? Read on for our Q+A with the fabulous Miss Inglis…
Tell me a bit about yourself and what you do?
I’m a Drama and Creative Writing graduate from Liverpool John Moores University. Currently I’m working with the Writing on the Wall Festival as a freelance events coordinator, and of course I am one half of Heroine Magazine. On a base level I am a writer and full time pleasure seeker!
How did Heroine Magazine come about?
Heroine came about through a university project that I wasn’t initially involved with, I came on board later. At this stage it is creating a platform for women in the arts and celebrating the awesomeness of female creativity!
Not many people can say they wrote and performed a one woman show. What inspired you to do so and how do you think it was received?
My show ‘No Big Deal’ was basically me challenging myself to go as far as I could possibly dare. It was an impulsive decision to put myself on stage for 30 minutes in front of an audience and talk about a subject I’m passionate about; gender equality, or inequality. Thankfully the show was received wonderfully as I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by such open-minded individuals. But the next step is to break the barriers and perform to those who perhaps don’t have the same views as my audience did.
Do you find feminism and theatre work well together? Is it an effective tool?
Theatre has always been and hopefully will always be a tool for social change, or at least social discussion. In history people have always written plays about the topics of the time and of course that is still going on today. I guess with the nature of our technology and everything now, the struggle is to keep up. But that is why we need to keep making it, keep writing it, and keep performing it. Because it’ s such a fantastically creative way to express views and encourage discussion, just as any form of art is.
What are your plans for the future and for Heroine Magazine?
I’m going to expand my one-woman show and give it a different vibe. The initial show was part lecture, part performance, so the next step is to change it into a performance monologue, spoken word piece about the challenges that face women day to day, from sexual harassment, to assault, rape and even the catcalls from the builders down the street!
Heroine Magazine is planning to take over the world! Or at least Liverpool. We are currently working on our fourth issue and open for submissions, so any sort of creativity is welcomed, interviews, poetry, prose, articles, photography; drop us a line at email@example.com
We’re also working on some very exciting events for the summer so keep a look out for those.
What do you think of feminism today?
I think we’re in an incredibly exciting stage of feminism. As much as I feel we’re taking steps backwards with men in suits still discussing and making choices for the female population, and of course, women still being significantly under-represented in every sector of life. Things are changing, people are talking, and now some people are taking notice and making changes. The explosion of the Everyday Sexism Project, the presence of the topic on stage with Blurred Lines at the National Theatre and the increasing media presence has got to be a good thing.
I was asked 2 years ago if I was a feminist during a drama lecture, out of over 100 students, not one - male or female raised their hands. Looking back on that now, however embarrassingly, it is crazily poignant. I know that if asked again, I would of course raise my hand, I know a lot of those other people would too. Maybe I’m being silly, but to me, that means that something is happening. I’ve been a feminist all along - I just didn’t know it.
Lastly what are you obsessed with right now?
ELIZABETH TAYLOR! Man, I am crazy obsessed with that lady right about now. Just watched an incredibly long documentary about her and her jewellery. She was the original Hollywood and I bloody love it!