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An interview with ‘Grab Em By The Pussy’ creator Caroline Buckley

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We sat down with Caroline Buckley to talk about her upcoming performance at The Space and the inspiration behind her brilliant, funny & daring show ‘Grab Em By The Pussy’.

What inspired you to begin writing this piece?

The idea has been brewing for a while. For a long time it was just one song about a girl who is desperate to be sexually assaulted. I was inspired by the bizarre concept that girls are asking for it and should take unwelcomed ‘attention’ as a compliment. The musical is an expansion of this and in a time where someone who thinks he can grab anyone’s pussy is a voted president of the USA when is a better time to tell this story?

What can audiences expect from the show?

I will let the audience who attended our performance at The Old Red Lion tell you (in the form of their one word responses): uncomfortable, daring, dark, hilarious, taboo, surreal, refreshing, raw, amazing, brutal, needed, revolutionary, sexual, fabulous, tragic, relatable, excellent, so originally funny, clever, wow, edgy, ironic, original, vulgar, reality.

What experiences have you drawn on (if any!) to create this show?

Sadly most of my female friends have a plethora of ridiculous stories involving unwanted male encounters – like the time a man told me he had a rare blood condition and in order to save his life he needed to sit on me (and you know what? I nearly let him – Caroline you fool!) Or the time my friend witnessed a man have a wank on a train, before shaking hands with every women in the carriage. When his actions were questioned he responded with ‘What? It’s New Years Eve’. Neither of these adventures feature in the script but moments in the play are a patchwork of mine and friends experiences.

What made you join forces on this double feature?

Myself and the multi-talented Matthew Jameson, writer, actor and director of The Trial of Le Singe have been putting on short play evenings as Plays Rough London with our pal Matilda Curtis since February 2016. Our plays were birthed at the same scratch night earlier this year. The theme of the night was ‘Where are we now?’ So very conveniently both plays are a comment on the current state of the world, which is why they work as a double feature. One may be about grabbing pussy and the other about a trail of a monkey but they are both delivered with a scoop of absurd humour and a sprinkle of reality in your face!

Are there any challenges that you faced in producing plays in partnership with another company?

Aside from the lifelong feud that has been created between our casts and crews it has been a breeze. We had to consider both shows when some choices were made, but luckily our shows seem to work together with barely any tweaking. We have been able to chuck ideas back and forth and help each other with any challenges that have popped up along the way. Aw look at us all getting on!

And finally – were any pussies harmed in the making of this production?

This we can neither confirm nor deny. All I am saying is don’t believe fake news!

Click here to book your tickets for ‘Grab Em By The Pussy’ – at the Space 11th – 16th July

 

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