Join the conversation on Twitter #Decorum
Who decides what good behaviour is? What are the rules for twenty-first century women?
The rules we've been taught.
The ones we have inherited.
The ones we always obey.
The ones we pass on.
What are the rules around how things are, or should be done, and are these any use to us today?
What happens when you bring together a diverse group of East London women aged between 14 and 80 to solve dilemmas of modern etiquette? Will they agree? Will it be complete culture clash? Is it clear cut, old vs. young in matters of good behaviour and rules for living? Intergenerational arts charity Magic Me have brought together 21 women from a range of backgrounds, ethnicities and faiths - 10 teenagers from the Mulberry School for Girls and 11 older women age 60+ from across Tower Hamlets to consider Decorum and good behaviour for modern women.
Working with our Associate Artist theatre practitioner Sue Mayo and dance artist Ellie Sikorski, over 10 weeks the intergenerational group have explored expectations for women’s behaviour. What happens if you challenge societal norms of what to wear, what to say, when to speak and when to be quiet?
The resulting show - a mix of performance, conversation and uncalled for advice Decorum: Dilemmas for Twenty-First Century Women will be presented at the Women of the World Festival at Southbank Centre and at the Mulberry School’s own International Women’s Day celebrations.
During the group will invite the audience to share their dilemmas in their mobile interview and advice booths, share their golden rules of modern etiquette and will dig into their treasure trove of random advice e.g. “When in doubt, wave back.” “Toothpaste is good for cleaning trainers.” and “Be bad when it’s the right thing to do.”
All are welcome to the free performance at the Women of the World Festival at London Southbank Centre on Sunday 12 March, 12.30pm-1pm at Riverside Terrace Café, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall.
And you can join the conversation via Twitter, follow @magicmearts, using the hashtag #Decorum
This project is in partnership with Mulberry School for Girls. With thanks to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Clifford Chance Foundation and the Lucas Tooth Trust.
Press enquiries: Click here to download a press release about Decorum.
Photo credits: Roxene Anderson for Magic Me.