Emma Coffey PT Ireland Pro Classique

Here` my theme for your consideration, its actually true. These are all words that have been said to me. To be cool, to be accepted you must fit into this box, when you choose to, or naturally stand out, throughout…

Emma Coffey PT Ireland Pro Classique

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Here` my theme for your consideration, its actually true. These are all words that have been said to me.

To be cool, to be accepted you must fit into this box, when you choose to, or naturally stand out, throughout your life, for whatever reason, you’ll hear things like:
In School: She’s a Skiv, she’s a skank. HAHA! Look at the state of her shoes!
In college: She`s grungy, she`s dirty, what a freak. She touches herself, that disgusting! Boobless. Fatback! Why are you wearing that makeup, its ugly?
In work: You’re too stubborn. You try too hard. This is your downfall in life. You’re not really right here.
As a stripper: She’s a slag, what a slut! She’s nasty! Whore.
In my chosen career: You’re a bit too fat, you need to look the part. That’s not good enough. You`re not good enough for that. You shouldn’t have won that!
Constantly being put down, criticized, bullied & shamed for not having so much money as the other kids, for wearing the wrong eyeliner, for trying to stop the criticism by working harder, for getting a job that made me start to learn to love me, for being shy, for not being the right shape. It’s a hard way to grow up. When you start find yourself, and you find the right people, and the right batshit friends you realise..
THANK GOD I`m a FREAK
THANK GOD I don’t fit in that nasty box.
It turns out, the freaks got the power, I`ve become proud of all those names that made me & you can’t fuck with my freedom!
I would like to start my performance, trapped in a “freak” box and begin by climbing free. I imagine big, messy eyeliner, to signify the comments about ugly makeup – but my routine actually focuses more on the feeling of freedom that comes when you learn to accept and love your authentic self and how this has made me happy. Breaking free from irrelevant, harsh judgement, and embracing myself. I would also like to have some human props, stepping out of boxes of judgement (like a jack in the box) at poignant places throughout the routine. I`d like to invite some audience members to participate – giving them a sheet of paper and a pen to write down the words they have heard, that they have left behind as they have embraced their inner freak, and invite them to walk across the stage at the end of the routine with their sign.

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