Cat Lady! Dried up spinster! Barren ghost! Frigid witch!
Kerensa Diball has decided she’s not having children. Whenever she expresses this decision, she gets curious and mixed reactions.
Poignant and celebratory, The Kick Inside attempts to understand why being childfree is fundamentally challenging to us all, Kerensa included.
Kerensa considers her mother’s desire for grandchildren, cracks open the canon of capitalism, mourns her lack of female role models and embarks on a quest to become a wild and free childless goddess.
The Kick Inside revels in the messiness of throwing away good, bad and unsolicited advice to forge your own glorious path. Expect absurd humour and bad dancing in an attempt to avoid the quiet moments where fear and loneliness creep in.
Kerensa Diball is a London and Melbourne based performance maker and performer. She works across live art, theatre, feminist performance art and socially-engaged performance. Each project aims to spotlight a contemporary dilemma and through off-beat humour, real-life experience, unflinching honesty and thorough research, incite dynamic and poignant discussion.
She has presented work at Next Wave Festival, Big West Festival, Melbourne Fringe, and has been commissioned by Geelong Arts Centre, Darebin Arts, City of Melbourne and Melbourne Fringe.
Press & Reviews
Praise for previous work
'Engaging, touching and humerous'
'Exceptionally honest and raw… A thought-provoking show that exudes fresh and natural vibrancy'
My Melbourne Arts
'A fine example of life imitating art imitating life.. expressed with impassioned humerous scenes'
Cast & Creative Team Created and Performed by: Kerensa Diball
Live music and Performance: Roman Tucker
Outside Eye: Simone French
Dramaturgy: Bryony Kimmings
Designer: Anna Schwann