Joshua Meredith of SeeGold Productions pays tribute to fellow AF2017 company She Productions.
“There's boy jobs and girl jobs, you see.” – Theresa May
You know what, Theresa, you're right. There are boy jobs and girl jobs. It's just the way it is. Isn't it? In a lot of places, yes, but fortunately many people are starting to realise that they should be able to do whatever they want to, regardless of what sort of genitals they have.
I’m currently part of a team working on a project which aims to continue the conversation about gender stereotypes and highlight the importance of not saying things like “boy jobs and girl jobs”. There are other places you can read about our show, so I thought I’d use this opportunity to talk a little bit about our team and why I’m enjoying myself so much.
By chance, three of us are male (Zach, Rhys and myself), and three are female (Annie, Alice and Rachel from the wonderful She Productions). Three of each. It's brilliant. It's rare in so many professions and shouldn't be.
She are an all-female collective; a group of girls taking on an industry that has favoured boys for centuries and they’re doing more than their fair share in the name of restoring the balance by creating exciting roles for female actors.
This is the first time that She Productions have worked with boys and I consider myself very lucky to be one of them. I feel like one of the kids that they've invited to play in the big skipping rope - the pinnacle of playground teamwork. Effective teamwork is something I have always been a fan of and She really have their sh*t together on this front. They're a well-oiled machine, fiercely committed to their projects and they don't take prisoners. I love sitting round a table sharing ideas with them, I love that we're all trying to create something that we share a passion for, and I love that they'd be doing this show whether they'd asked me or any other boys to get involved or not. They're tough as well, I wouldn't want to fight them.
She are very good at what they do and I’ve seen it as a great opportunity to learn. Within our field of work, they are more experienced than I. If I had grown up listening to backwards thinkers like Theresa May, I might be less willing to take advice and guidance from girls, for fear of it harming my masculinity. Thankfully, I recently shaved my head, so my masculinity is not presently at risk.
To She, thanks for inviting me over to play.
On another wonderfully crucial note, it's very exciting to be part of a festival full of companies creating stuff that they're passionate about, and being guided along the way by a number of great teams of artistic people. Hull is buzzing with creativity at the moment and I'm proud to call it home.
Joshua Meredith, SeeGold Productions