Too Soon, Too Now

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Like all respectable ladies, theatre-makers Bridget Sweeney and Fiona Spitzkowsky prefer to keep conflict onstage. We have developed a skill for diffusing tricky situations: fake emergency calls during bad dates, interventionist dancing to keep groping hands away. But in 2016, facing another coffee date invitation from Sweeney’s insistent would-be lover, we may have made a mistake: we told him she was too busy... rehearsing a show. 

This little white lie got a little out of hand, and now it’s coming to Upstairs at Errol’s for the 2017 Melbourne Fringe Festival. While initially a bit of fun (it’s still a bit of fun, promise), Too Soon, Too Now grew from the question ‘Why didn’t you just tell him ‘No’, Sweeney? You could have saved us so much time! 

Did she actually like him? 

Was she relying on his affection as a means of validation? 

Or was it that she was too scared to say ‘no’ because if she did she would likely be ignored, which would only compound that awful sense of objectification and worthlessness that festers within so many young women?

Hard to say. 

While there are (thankfully) lots of shows out there grappling with sexism and the fight for equality, this work is unique in its focus on the dichotomies in the relationships between women and men, and the way that they influence how women view themselves and the world. It shines a light on the messy entanglement of rape culture and coy culture, where ‘no’ seems to mean ‘ask me again’; it examines the hypocrisy of a hook-up culture that simultaneously encourages and shames women for participating; and it stares down the pervasive power of the word ‘beautiful’, the male gaze framing a woman’s relationship with herself. Detailing the difficult relationship between Leila and Maya, two gal pals who put on a Fringe show to escape unwanted attention, Too Soon, Too Now takes a long hard look in the mirror and asks why some women find it easier to produce a play than to say ‘No’.

This is our first Melbourne Fringe collaboration, but we aren’t new-comers to the Melbourne independent theatre scene. Fiona has worked with companies such as Attic Erratic and 5pound Theatre, directed the most cursed production of The Scottish Play in history (the set caught on fire, guys) and is currently completing a Masters of Writing for Performance at VCA. Bridget is a recent graduate from the National Theatre Drama School, has trod the boards for Melbourne Shakespeare Company, Backyard Theatre Ensemble and Four Letter Word Theatre, and often tells jokes while standing up in front of large groups of people. The two met during a production of Trainspotting in 2014, and have since united in their passion for female stories and voices on stage.

How The Funds Will Be Used

We are asking for your help to cover:  

  • Venue hire $600

($100 per night x 6 performances)

  • Fringe registration $425

All other finances including APRA rights and public liability insurance will come from our own pocket. 

We are asking for your help to cover these two costs, so that any profit we recieve through ticket sales can go towards paying our creatives. This includes our Sound Designer, Lighting Designer, and fellow Actors who have generously donated their time, energy and dignity to be a part of this show. 

Thank you

We've tried to make our rewards as satisfying and pleasurable as possible. 

We want you to have a good time.  This is a give-give situation. 

But seriously, thank you! We cannot wait to see you at the show:

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AU$1 +7/11 coffeeDitch the underpaying corporation and put your coffee in a keep cup for the morning, save your dollar and the environment! #waronwaste
0 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is September 2017
AU$10 +Cheeky bit of Face lovin'No, Leila will not kiss you. Well, maybe. ....Depends if you also buy her a drink. What this will get you is some good ol' lovin on our social media platforms - check out our Instagram, Facebook and tumblr page, where we will shower you with love and adoration.
4 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is September 2017
AU$20 +Because You're Worth ItA set of black lacy underwear signed by the cast of Too Soon, Too Now. (PLEASE NOTE: underwear will be brand new, never-before-worn... unless, that's what you're into)
3 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is September 2017
AU$30 +Anyway, here's Wonderwall...Whilst we'd love to get John Cusack standing on your front lawn holding a boombox, he's actually all booked out. Weird. But that's okay! We've got the next best serenading thing - your very own personalised Spotify playlist. Not only will we curate a mixtape of love for you, we will also post the cast singing you a song (of your choice) to our social media platforms!
3 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is September 2017
AU$40 +Bold AND BeautifulYou will receive a copy of a classic romance (or 50 Shades of Grey, luck of the draw...) novel, with a personalised inscription from the Creators of Too Soon, Too Now. We will also post a dramatic reading of a passage from said text on our social media platforms, dedicated to our love - you.
5 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is October 2017
AU$50 +Grand DesignsLeila will help renovate your Tinder profile. This includes a photoshoot and rewriting the bio, five matches guaranteed. Options available: - photoshoot only - bio only *matches not guaranteed.
1 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is October 2017
AU$150 +COMMIT TO THE BITYou have the chance to name a character in the play. Currently their working titles are Guy and Hottie. If you manage to snatch this reward, we will email you the character description and then the power is in your hands. A naming ceremony will be released on social media, with all credit given to you. You will also receive the rewards listed in 'Because You're Worth It' and 'Anyway, here's Wonderwall'. We're ready for the commitment, are you?
0 Chosen | 2 AvailableEst. delivery is September 2017