I have always naturally been a performer, yet it wasn’t until I started to perform in uni musicals, plays and films that I really found the courage and self belief to turn a dream into reality.
I wrote Bully based on both my own experiences with bullying in the workplace and the frequent subject of it that also came up with friends and family.
I do believe there isn’t much exploring adult bullying specifically. We tend to think, “come on, you’re an adult, grow up and stick up for yourself”. But as you will see in Bully it is never quite as simple as that.
Often being bullied is seen as being weak and isn’t something we want to talk about. However, it can have long term damaging effect on confidence and wellbeing. I hope I can encourage others to share there personal stories of bullying.
This will be my first play at Etcetera Theatre
Etcetera is perfect for this production. The intimate space is what an intimate subject needs.
Although I don’t look at cyber bullying, I do believe it is still a demonstration of the same effect cyber bullying has on a person and how it can change them negatively.
I want the audience to feel empathy. Many will have experiences with bullying and will automatically know how it feels. Others will not and this is perhaps more important because it will bring them awareness of just how hard it can be when you are bullied in adult life. It may even stop a few bullys doing what they do.
The cast are amazing. We are truthful in our own experiences and bring that into performance. I was shocked to learn each of them had been bullied themselves. So it’s a subject close to all our hearts.