Generation Women celebrates and amplifies women’s voices and creativity. Each month, six women of note read an original piece on a theme. Of those women, one is in her 20s, her 30s, her 40s, her 50s, her 60s, and her 70s+. Our diverse line-ups will make you laugh, cry, and think. Generation Women is a unique, intimate literary salon that brings together women of all ages.
NEXT SHOW: September 26th 2019
THEME: The New Me
It’s almost Spring; a time of renewal and the shedding of old skins. This month, we’re inviting our performers to tell a story about a time in their life that they evolved and made a change to who they are: the New Me. The one constant in life is change, so this September, we’re reflecting on six stories that highlight personal evolution.
Team 20s: Rachael Millanta has performed at festivals including Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Sydney Comedy Festival to rave reviews, and has told stories at A Likely Story, Bespoken Word, and on ABC Radio. She was a writer for Giant Dwarf’s Sketchy At Best, and produces the monthly improv show ‘Night Shift‘.
Team 30s: Skye Paez is a 33-year-old transgender woman. She’s a Sydney based Dior Makeup Artist who recently moved to the city to pursue her bigger dreams and goals. She is excited to share with you her journey to self-discovery and the trials and tribulations of her womanhood.
Team 40s: Malika Reese is a singer/songwriter, musician. Artist in Residence with Tender Funerals and a funeral celebrant. As Mz Mally Moo she teaches toddlers music. Monthly she co-produces She’ll Be Right in Wollongong. Malika has a flair for storytelling. She engages people of all ages with her enthusiasm and energy.
Team 50s: Kay Schubach is a published author and an advocate & speaker for gender equity & social justice. Kay is also a stage four cancer survivor. Kay Schubach is a survivor of acute domestic violence. Her memoir of the events, Perfect Stranger: A True Story, was published by Penguin Books and has sold over 10,000 copies, translated to two languages and now in its third reprint. Kay now campaigns for gender equality and sexual assault law reform. She is an ambassador for Domestic Violence NSW, and patron of the Lisa Harnum Foundation and Bondi Beach Cottage. She is an Australian Financial Review/ Westpac Women of the Year Top 10; NSW Woman of the Year finalist 2017 & 2018. In 2018 she was nominated for an Order of Australia.
Team 60s: Cher Chidzey, a Singaporean Chinese, migrated in 1975, graduated with MSc and taught in T.A.F.E. Married to a Caucasian, she embraced both cultures. Reinvented herself as a writer in 2000. Her novel ‘Ken’s Quest’ (2016) by Threekookaburras will be adapted to a play and staged by La Mama.
Team 70s: Menaka Iyengar Cooke has worked as an HR Director, university lecturer and started two businesses. She is President of Women Chiefs of Enterprises (NSW branch), and is on the board of the Women’s Electoral Lobby, Economic Security for Women, Older Women’s Network NSW and the Indian Crisis Support Agency. Her book ‘Monsoon Woman – wouldn’t take NO for an Answer’ (2019) is a memoir of her life as a single parent migrating to Australia, becoming penniless and homeless, then educating and empowering herself to reach the C-suite in corporations. Her early experiences in Australia encountering systemic and overt racism and sexism led her to become a feminist, and advocate for women’s rights and empowerment.
Courtyard bar opens at 6pm for a 7pm start. Pop in before the show for a drink and a mingle!
This event will be supported with food options provided by Two Good. For every meal purchased, Two Good gives an identical one to a local women’s refuge for domestic violence survivors.
Giant Dwarf is a licensed venue. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.