Coming to the Masonic Hall for Hope Street Ltd’s On The Verge 2017 festival, Caitlin Gleeson and Jennifer McMillan present a theatrical double bill: Pour and Serve & Under My Skirt.

Pour and Serve

A drink with a bartender who flips the script on gender, power and ‘harmless’ banter.

This solo performance in a bar uses real stories to examine the language of sexual harassment and demonstrate how it forms part of a sinister culture of violence against women.

As part of Hope Street Ltd’s On The Verge Festival, this new, intimate performance takes place in a working bar. Writer and performer Caitlin Gleeson serves more than just drinks as she uses her own experiences of sexual harassment at work to show that ‘harmless’ banter can have devastating effects. Compliments and threatening comments alike are dissected through a careful mix of humour, truth, and free drinks.

Nearly half a million sexual assaults take place in the UK each year (Rape Crisis) and over half of women experience sexual harassment in the workplace (Everyday Sexism). By using personal stories to explore a widespread issue that still largely remains taboo, Pour and Serve seeks to begin an urgently needed conversation.

Pour and Serve uses humorous, disturbing and real stories to show with unsettling clarity how language is intrinsic to violence against women.

Pour & Serve

Under My Skirt

“Lift up my skirt to be served a flirtatious and peculiar afternoon tea…”

Aspiring artist, Jennifer McMillan presents her most exciting performance, Under my Skirt.

The audience is invited literally under a skirt to enjoy a ‘tea party’ environment with a thought-provoking, humorous and flirtatious performance.

Under my Skirt faces the audience with a comfortable social situation; afternoon tea served with scones and jam. However, the show occurs underneath Jennifer’s skirt as she wears it while standing on top of a table. The contradiction of familiar tea with an unusual physical closeness allows the audience to question their own relationships with themes of necessity and indulgence whilst exploring the limits of their participation, feelings of fear and awkwardness.

This performance presents Jennifer’s body in two very different ways; from the outside a very elegant and traditional figure, from the inside an unexpected, adventurous and messy figure serving strawberry jam off of her legs. Encouraging exciting participation, reflection, and a social situation with a script that will draw from feminist theories, discomfort, personal space, humour and the sense of one’s own body.

Under My Skirt

Pour and Serve & Under My Skirt are to be performed at the Liverpool Masonic Hall, 22 Hope Street. Performance dates are as follows:

  • Thursday 19th October 2017 – 2:00pm; 4:00pm; 5:30pm
  • Friday 20th October 2017 –2:00pm; 4:00pm; 5:30pm
  • Saturday 21st October 2017 –2:00pm; 4:00pm; 5:30pm

Tickets for these performances can be purchased here. You can catch Pour and ServeUnder My Skirt, and many other performances in many unusual locations at Hope Street Ltd’s On The Verge Festival.

Tom Chivers

The Founder of How To Do Theatre, Tom is heavily involved in all aspects of this online theatre magazine and wants to help create a fantastic resource for everyone who may need it. He is also a graduate of the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Young Writers course so when not writing for this website he is off scribbling plays of his own.