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IN BED WITH MY BROTHER'S PHILOSOPHY OF THE WORLD IS ABOUT THE 1970s TRIO OF SISTERS AND OUTSIDER MUSICIANS, THE SHAGGS. THE BAND THAT DIDN'T WANT TO BE A BAND, BUT WERE FORCED TO BY THEIR DAD, AUSTIN WIGGIN.

 

THE IDEA FOR MAKING THIS SHOW STARTED WITH AN OBSESSION WITH THE SHAGGS, AND INTEREST IN THEIR STORY. BUT AS WE DUG DEEPER, WE WERE SHOCKED BY HOW ALMOST ALL OF WHAT WE READ ABOUT THEM FOCUSSED ON THEIR QUIRKY SOUND, OR THAT FRANK ZAPPA SAID THEY WERE BETTER THAN THE BEATLES, OR THAT KURT COBAIN ONCE WORE A SHAGGS T SHIRT. EVERYTHING WAS THROUGH A CIS-MALE LENS AND ALMOST NO-ONE WAS TALKING ABOUT THE ABUSE THE SHAGGS EXPERIENCED AT THE HANDS OF THEIR FATHER.

WE WANT TO TELL THE SHAGGS STORY FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE, WHILE EXPLORING OUR OWN RELATIONSHIP TO DADS, PATRIARCHY AT LARGE, THE DANGER OF THE PRIVATE NUCLEAR HOUSEHOLD, THE COMPLICITY OF THE WIDER FREMONT COMMUNITY WHO ATTENDED THEIR GIGS… AND IN A META WAY, HOW AS WOMEN ARTISTS, WE RELATE TO THE SHAGGS’ EXPERIENCE OF MALE STUDIO TECHNICIANS ROLLING ON THE FLOOR LAUGHING AT THEM...

We began developing this show as part of New Diorama's Intervention 01 in March 2023.

We went on to perform a work-in-progress at DISRUPT FESTIVAL, Cambridge Junction in May 2023.

This show is is in development. 

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