Posted by: stelladuffy | January 14, 2014

Take it, Make it, Do it.

Huge thanks to Pratibha Parmar for sharing Lexi Alexander‘s brilliant, infuriating, blood-boiling piece that gets it totally right about lack of women, not ‘just’ in Hollywood.
Lack of women in broadsheet lit pages, lack of women theatre directors, lack of women opera directors, lack of women EVERYTHING and EVERYWHERE – when we have all been campaigning for change and the ‘bosses’ have been promising change for DECADES.

As Lexi Alexander says, all of this can only mean one of two things.
1) Those who have promised to bring about change were insincere.
2) Those who have promised to bring about change were not very smart.


And so – we must give up wanting ‘them’ to make the change (even when ‘they’ have power).
We must take it, make it, do it ourselves.
In all areas of our lives, in every way we can, from the smallest steps to the biggest.

I’ve been head-down, hard-working, barely looking up except to acknowledge another Fun Palace sign-up (yay!) since the year began. Tons to do, little time to do it in, Fun Palaces to make/create, book to finish, and some other more personal stuff too. But I like Lexi Alexander’s piece. Oddly, I don’t find it in the slightest bit depressing.
It has fired me up.

The Fun Palaces are my Make It challenge to myself this year and last.
I have never done anything so big before, so … national, so scary, so all-new-to-me. Or so good, valuable, important, exciting. It feels like everything I’ve done to now has led to this, writing, acting, directing, making, ensemble-ing, mentoring, workshop-leading, facilitating (and absolutely politicking) … like it’s all come together.

If you want to shout yay! (and a yay with trepidation is fine) for whatever your Make It thing is this year – be it making your first (or 8th) feature film, finishing university, directing a play, writing a book, running for politics, learning to swim, proposing to the loved one or ditching the rubbish one, getting more women into parliament, getting more girls into school, changing the world in whatever way you need to – leave a comment here, and we’ll have a look every now and then during the year to see how we’re all getting on, then again this time next year and see how we did (Jan 1st is terrible for resolutions anyway, far too crowded!)

What will you make of 2014?


  1. Bit of a dope, but I still don’t understand what a fun palace is? I saw loads of posts about them, but don’t get it? Got time to explain? Again?

  2. follow the link! or …

    a venue, or tent, or field, filled with arts and culture and sciences and kids and grownups and made by and for local people, with what suits those people. It’s a fun thing because it says we can all make arts, all ‘do’ culture – and it’s a political thing because it says we can all make arts, can all ‘do’ culture.” Oct 4th & 5th this year, all over the UK and elsewhere.

  3. I will make more noise. About women. About musicals. About telling story using song. About engaging audiences. About ditching fourth walls. About tribes. About freedom. About the footprint live performance leaves, in all of us participaudients. About noting the footprint, and archiving it.

  4. brilliant! I’ll look forward to hearing how it went (seeing , and partaking!) x

  5. Good idea to take control of your own destiny. It seems to me that men relish competition as sportive fun and women see competitiveness as an aggressive, unpleasant struggle. We (men) are constantly being exhorted to get in touch with our feminine side. Should women be encouraged to make contact with their inner man? I believe the best will rise to the top but the individual must help him/herself along the way.

  6. I’m not sure it’s useful to even see it in terms of ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’, they’re such cliches anyway, and irrelevant to so many. If we all exhorted ourselves & each other to feel honestly, and to strive passionately, that would be better all round, no?

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