I am looking for a language that exists outside patriarchal definitions, of course that is not possible, but who is any longer interested in the possible – Kathy Acker

Power Ballad is an angry, feminist, live art investigation of language and its sometimes hidden ideologies. Part performance lecture, part karaoke party, Power Ballad deconstructs gendered linguistic histories and rips apart contemporary language to find a new articulation of pleasure, anger and femaleness.

With an 80s soundtrack to rival any school disco, Power Ballad is anarchic, loud and filled with feminist rage and Annie Lennox. Performed to massive audience and critical acclaim in New Zealand, Melbourne, Perth and as part of the 2017 Summerhall Festival Programme 2017 Edinburgh Fringe where it was shortlisted for a highly prestigious Total Theatre award.

This season is a fundraiser to help Power Ballad go on an invited UK tour including Battersea Arts Centre (London); the MAC (Belfast) and Cairde Sligo Arts Festival (Ireland).


  • Best Performer & Best Live Art - Auckland Fringe 2017
  • Melbourne Festival 'Discovery Award' - Melbourne Fringe 2017

Please note // Contains partial nudity, coarse language and haze. This event will be filmed.

Presented and produced by Zanetti Productions (Body Double, Jane Doe, Insolent River: A Tango), check out their website or follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more info and updates!

Many shows lay claim to gender fluidity, but this is the real deal: othering, teasing, provoking. The tone moves between hysteria and terror, joy and despair. - The List UK 

... a wordless assault on patriarchy and performative norms in order to break on through to the other side where a collective display of elation awaits... - Herald Scotland 

Might be the second weirdest Fringe show I've ever seen. - The Edinburgh Guide 

Power Ballad brilliantly and insistently demands the abandonment of an outside world. Still, it remains politically relevant and thought-provoking. - Fringe Feed Australia 

Patti Smith would dig it Xpress Magazine Perth