Eleanor Bishop and Karin McCracken are award winning theatre makers from Wellington.
Eleanor is a director/writer and Karin is a writer/performer. Together they make socially engaged contemporary performance. Their previous works include Jane Doe & Body Double. Their latest work Yes Yes Yes, all about consent for teenagers (and their caregivers), plays Circa Theatre 26-27 March.
We caught up with them to talk .
What’s your go-to takeaways order? Or your favourite dining out dish? Karin: My ultimate order for a late dinner after performing is the lamb shawarma from Camel Grill on Dixon Street. A++ in taste, value, and convenience. Eleanor: I love Kilim (Turkish food on Manners St) – chicken Iskender and then a baklava.
If you could change one thing about Wellington what would that be? Karin: It’s too predictable to say the weather, so I’ll go with a first cousin of that sentiment – I’d erase that big old fault line that the region is sitting on…
What are you watching, reading, or listening to at the moment? Karin: Currently reading Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan. Eleanor: I am enjoying the pleasures of both UK and US Drag Race.
Who is your favourite fictional character? Eleanor: Elizabeth Bennett from Pride & Prejudice cos she is a stone cold bad ass and full of so much sass.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Karin: Fortune favours the brave.
What’s the best local purchase you’ve made this year? Eleanor: Over the summer I got really into puzzles. I did a puzzle of Moscow’s Red Square that I bought from Whitcoulls on Cuba Street and it bought me a lot of joy.
What’s your favourite place in the wider Wellington region? Karin: Over the last year, it would have to be Red Rocks. It’s alien beautiful and a great place to get my head back on straight. When I do the walk with someone else, the conversation feels especially intimate and reflective; the place is witchy! Eleanor: I really love driving round the bays – from my house in Brooklyn through Owhiro Bay, Houghton Bay, Lyall Bay and then to the airport. I like it because it reminds me of when I used to travel a lot (pre-pandemic) and every time I’d come home from the airport I’d do this drive and be reminded how beautiful Wellington is.
Why should Wellingtonians come to Yes Yes Yes?
Karin: Yes Yes Yes is a chance for people to think about consent and supporting friends in a pretty fun and safe way. The show is funny and warm and emotional and you get to see excellent young people talk about their lives in a candid way. Young Wellingtonians, old Wellingtonians, all Wellingtonians would benefit from coming along.