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Benched by Jamila Main



THEMES: Dis/abled Bodies, Trust, Autonomy
LENGTH: 90 minutes
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years & Adults

Would you like to join me on the bench?


Benched by Jamila Main is an intimate performance that ruminates on athleticism within a disabled body. Benched sees Jamila wielding their privilege as a palatable disabled person to put frank, nuanced portrayals of disabled bodies into public view. Jamila’s work asks ablebodied spectators to reconsider their assumptions of sick and disabled people, and to confront their own temporarily abled body.


Six invited guests enter the space one by one. They choose a ball, shoe, or frisbee and take a seat. A story is told. A rumination on athleticism within a body whose access needs subvert the assumed binary of disability. Audiences will watch the story shift before their eyes as special guests join Jamila Main on the bench.


Benched was first produced at the Eternity Playhouse, Darlinghurst Theatre Company, 25 May 2022, on unceded Gadigal land.

ISBN: 978 1 922424 77 8

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