The Festival Sessions/Theatre

Patriarchy-smashing princesses

5 February 2020

Forget Disney. The princesses in the musical Disenchanted! are fed up with the way they’ve been portrayed and are ready to kick some butt, says actor Georgia McGivern.

McGivern spills the beans on playing Cinderella in this anti-fairytale.

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Seesaw: Georgia, tell us about your career path to date:
Georgia McGivern:
I’ve been performing in any capacity for as long as I can remember and plan to do so for the rest of my life! I’ve had the opportunity to study both a Certificate ll in Music Theatre and a Diploma of Acting at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and have generally been involved in shows in the Rockingham and Peel Region. Some of my favourite and most notable roles I’ve played to date are Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Penny Pingleton in Hairspray, and Nancy in Oliver!

I also work at West Coast Radio where I’m a part of the Promotions team! (97.3 CoastFM and 91.7 The Wave, give us a listen!) I also co-host a podcast called Crime & Conspiracies with Coffee. What is next for my career is unknown but it will certainly be exciting!

S: Tell us about Disenchanted!
Disenchanted! is the story of the storybook princesses you read about and watched growing up… but with a twist! Disenchanted! takes place after the princesses have had their “Happily Ever After” and it turns out, in fact, that they’re not so happy! They’re fed up of the way Disney has portrayed them to be weak, damsels in distress and they’re ready to show you how strong, badass and independent they really are! Forget the princesses you know and love and fall in love with these patriarchy-smashing goddesses!

S: What differentiates Disenchanted! from the 700 or so other Fringe World shows on offer?
Not only is Disenchanted! nostalgic, side-splittingly hilarious, and FULL of extremely talented women who will blow your socks off with their singing voices and slick comedic timing, but this show challenges the idea that so many of us have been conditioned to believe – that Happily Ever After means being saved by a prince – or anyone for that matter!

This show will have you crying from laughter, and then will have you sobbing from the beautiful message it portrays at the end. No spoilers but… this show will move you and have to feeling warm and fuzzy long after you leave the venue.

S: Who will your show appeal to?
Our show appeals to everyone over the age of 15! The show has the unique ability to relate to anyone regardless of your age, beliefs, gender or anything else! We touch on issues that affect each and everyone one of us in some capacity. If you love singing, comedy, slick improv, feminism, boobs, Disney, and good music, you’ll love us!

S: Tell us about the rehearsal process for the show…
A lot of the rehearsal process is me listening to all of my fellow cast mates rehearsing their songs and knocking it out of the park and realising I have to go up next. They are intimidatingly good.

I loved the rehearsal process for Disenchanted! because it was so interactive and every actor was allowed to play and try new things and get a little experimental without ever being judged for it. Because a lot of the show is improvised and very much based on the audience reaction, a lot of the rehearsals were us going wild and throwing ideas out there which was amazing because we figured out really quick what did and didn’t work (and I also discovered that improv can be really fun and I’m no longer terrified of it!)

Also, if you can do a show where you get to throw your show off stage while screaming like a banshee, I highly recommend it. Very cathartic.

Seesaw: Aside from your show, what are you looking forward to seeing/doing at Fringe World 2020?
The best part of Fringe, for me, is meeting other artists and seeing their passion projects come to life. To go out fora night of Fringe and not knowing what it is you’re going to see that night, to then be surprised with some of the best theatre you’ve ever witnessed is truly wonderful. A series of shows I’m looking forward to seeing this year are Orpheus, Eurydice and The Gods The Gods The Gods, all by The Flanagan Collective and Gobbledigook Theatre. I highly recommend seeing any or all of theses shows if you can!

Seesaw: What is your favourite part of the playground?
Swings without a doubt! I could be on a swing for hours! So simple yet so ridiculously fun.

Disenchanted! plays Downstairs at the Mag, 11-15 February 2020 as part of Fringe World.

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Author —
Nina Levy

Nina Levy has worked as an arts writer and critic since 2007. She co-founded Seesaw and has been co-editing the platform since it went live in August 2017. As a freelancer she has written extensively for The West Australian and Dance Australia magazine, co-editing the latter from 2016 to 2019. Nina loves the swings because they take her closer to the sky.

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