Performance and Theatre

Faster Lady Godiva Faster!


Start with 80’s pop and astonishing stomp dance, work up to an almost torturously uncomfortable interview with an audience member, then don’t stop ‘til you get to the most physical use of lettuce ever. And that’s just scratching the surface.
Steve Smart, Rabbit Hole Urban Music

Lady Godiva was an Anglo-Saxon noblewoman who, according to legend, rode naked through the streets of Coventry, in England, in order to gain a remission of the oppressive taxation imposed by her husband on his tenants. The name “Peeping Tom” for a voyeur originates from later versions of this legend in which a man named Tom had watched her ride and was struck blind or dead.

FASTER LADY GODIVA FASTER a comic work of physical performance. It’s unpredictable and unusual. Influenced by Bette Midler, Oprah Winfery and Annie Sprinkles it’s got everything you could ever wish for in a short work –  a sentimental monologue, a motivational speech, audience interaction and a cheesy love song.
It began as a devised work by Jane Grimley, Natalie Randal and Carolyn Eccles in 2009. Felicity Nicole assisted as an outside eye on the process and it was performed at the Brisbane Powerhouse within the 2High Youth Arts Festival, Unleash the Beast.
In 2010 it was adapted into a solo work with the assistance of Jaya Sound and Lachlan Williams and was warmly received at the CRACK Theatre Festival at TINA, in Newcastle.
Then performed as a duet by Jane Grimley and Caz Eccles it combines physical theatre, clowning, performance art and spoken word.

Lighting Victor Areces, Photography Sally Poon, Set Painting Paul Detto and Paul Giles, Production Ashley Pickering, Stage Management Lachlan Williams, Grant Moxom and Malcolm Whittaker