I am writing a one-woman show about permission called Asking Nicely. It’s about how, why, when and where we ask for permission. And I’d like your help.
(For background you can read my first blog on the topic where I first decided on the idea, my second blog about the practicalities of an Edinburgh Fringe show, or my third blog about what I’m thinking/looking at/reading on the topic of permission.)
I’m looking at permission through the lens of sociology and intersectional feminism – when does manners become self-sabotaging meekness? When does confidence become entitlement? And if you’re game, I’d love to get your input:
Audience participation time!
If you are interested in this project and would like to help me think my thoughts, I’d be really grateful for answers to a few questions. Feel free to leave your answers in the comments or to email me and Hannah(dot)Chutzpah(at)gmail(dot)com.
(There are no wrong answers, only things I will/won’t harvest for my show – and obviously I won’t name anyone.):
- What do you wish you felt like you had permission to do, which you don’t currently?
- What do you wish other people felt like they had permission to do?
- What do you wish people *would* ask permission for but they currently don’t?
- Any further thoughts on permission, entitlement, timidity, seeking someone’s blessing, and anything else that springs to mind?
- Is there anything specific you recommend I should watch/read on the topic?
- Would you like to have a coffee and a chat about it some time? Time/transport allowing I would like to talk to a range of people about this. If you’re up for it let me know. (I live in London.)