Jane Doe - An interview with Karin McCracken

Reflecting on rape culture in our communities.

It is the final week of performances for Jane Doe at Q Theatre. There’s been such a buzz here around the show that we couldn’t help but chat to star performer Karin McCracken about the show... Once she'd put down her copy of  'Men Explain Things To Me' of course. (scroll down to have a read and book your tickets).

You've just finished up working at the Sexual Abuse Prevention Network, and are now performing in Jane Doe. How did you get into this sort of work?

Honestly, I just sought it out. I was really interested in gender and feminism at university - when I decided to leave my job as a lawyer, the role at SAPN just happened to be there, and I applied. I learned so much in that role. 

You talk about experiences of your own sexuality in the show - is this an important part of the show for you? Is it difficult?

Yes to both! People being able to talk about sex is part of the cultural change we need to see to end sexual violence. And I think me talking about in the show makes me the most vulnerable person in the room. Which is important. I'd be lying if I said it was easy. Gets easier each time, but there are still moments where I reflect on the show and cannot believe I share what I do.

If you could go back in time to your teenage self, what would be the words of advice you'd give?

It's a funny thought, because I know teenage Karin would be like "Fuck off older Karin" to anything I said. In relation to sex and relationships and romantic comedies, and because I know teenage Karin and her friends were watching a lot of OC, I reckon I'd offer up this sage advice - "You think you want the Ryan Atwoods, but by god you're going to keep finding yourself caught up with the Seth Cohens (plot twist!). Neither the Ryans nor the Seths of the world will help you like your own company, so go do that without any of them."

Who do you think needs to see this show most?

Just about everyone should see this show - and that's just another way of saying, everyone should be engaging with this content. I think there's a tendency to say that Jane Doe is a show that young people *need* to see, or that misogynists *need* to see. But in reality, it's a space for people to reflect on their experiences, to feel sadness and rage and optimism. Everyone needs that.

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