FRINGE THEATRE CABARET – Hero Girl: Raising a Revolutionary! – Tandanya – The Third Space, Adelaide – 4K

By Alisha Dyer

Delia Olam brings an immediate warmth to the stage, and I’m not even referring to the torch she carries for revolutionary change – which is bright!

With Hero Girl, she has opened up a conversation about gender equality and the roles of females throughout history and in today’s society. With the help of her charming and talented daughters Hero, Harper and Olive, this complicated and troubling topic is discussed through word, dance and song, and a number of questions raised.

Why aren’t more females celebrated in historical texts taught in schools? Why are so many famous women celebrated for their roles in war? Do women need to get aggressive and push aside their femininity for more masculine traits, in order to be perceived as impressive? Why can’t women also be celebrated for their tender and peaceful nature? And do all women who take charge need to be referred to as a “Joan of Arc”?

Yes, we have come a long way in achieving equality for women its true, but when young girls are asking their parents these sorts of questions it really goes to show just how much further we need to go.
It would be very easy for this conversation to get heated. After all, it is very serious. But Delia and her daughters ask these questions and discuss their answers, hopes and dreams in such an endearing manner that the audience has no choice but to feel joyful throughout the performance, and hopeful for the future. The show is a work in progress, but so is the topic in question.

Hero Girl is recommended for practising or aspiring parents, children and families. These conversations are crucial for young girls and boys to have with their parents and each other, because ultimately it is up to the emerging generations to be the change they want to see in the world.

Meet the family on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th March in The Third Space, Tandanya.

Kryztoff Rating 4K

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