By Milkbox Theatre. Directed by Michelle Endersbee. Fringe World. The Chaos Room, The Blue Room Theatre, James St, Perth. Jan 21-25, 2020

Aradia is a new piece of feminist theatre, centred around the story of Aradia - sent to earth to educate about Witchcraft. A series of vignettes, this is a story about the strength of women and of self-belief, both historically and in the here and now.

Milkbox Theatre was born from a need for female lead artistry. Its mission is to share stories from the perspective of and lead by people who identify as female. Aradia delves into the deep history and mythology of witches, telling their stories and how their history effects and can inspire women today.

Playing in the newly refurbished Chaos Room at The Blue Room Theatre, this is highly intimate theatre - perfect for this show’s warmth and resonance - a show that is visually attractive but also packs a punch.

A strong and united cast of young women form a coven and tell stories, both from their research and experience. The movement is beautiful and the audience are drawn into the story, often with (very non-threatening) audience participation. Excellent teamwork and strong acting from Claire Thomson, Domino McCathrian, Harriet Morley, Jordina Quain and Sam Hortin.

Take your mothers, daughters, sisters, girlfriends or wives. A wonderful celebration of femininity (that was also enjoyed by men).

Kimberley Shaw

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