UNASHAMED – Q&A with the Director Lucie

Lucie is 19 year old student studying Musical Theatre at Guildford School of Acting. She is passionate about performing and creativity, using her skills and tone of voice she has produced and directed ‘Unashamed’.

‘Unashamed’ is a beautifully crafted short piece presenting a fresh perspective on society and issues facing women today. We asked Lucie some questions about her work, read our Q&A below and make sure you watch the video!

What made you want to make this video? What interested you about this subject?
I had always been engaged with the topics I cover within this spoken word and the video, but I had just never found the right platform to express my thoughts and feelings. I initially wrote the piece for my Art A-Level project but I now want to try and spread the message as much as I can. I believe that although these topics are discussed more broadly today they are still treated as taboo subjects, and by creating a video I am instantly able to reach out to different audiences and people easily.

How did you come up with the script? And, why did you decide spoken word as a medium?
Honestly, it started as a rant. I just rambled for pages and pages about topics and issues that I have encountered in my life or have witnessed happen to others. With spoken word, you can truly act and embrace the words as well as just deliver them; it is a performance.

Given the topic, why are there no women filmed?
I decided to film a group of (volunteering) boys saying this piece to create a sense of irony. Because the words are poignant towards women, I felt it would be more engaging to hear it coming from boys. The boys said the words exactly how they felt they should too; I gave them very little direction to help create a rawness and reality to it. I also chose to have a black & white film as it is more neutral.

Was it easy to work with your actors? Given the topic? Were they on board with the themes?
For me, it was interesting to see the passion they had when saying the words. They seemed to actually understand what the piece was about and that’s what I liked the most about filming with them. They all come from different backgrounds, places, religions and they seemed to understand the fact that women still go through the same rubbish they have for years. They were exceptional and I am grateful that they volunteered to help me.

How does your video relate to Adot and Adot’s messages?
Adot’s main message is to show the ‘singular true nature of mankind’ and I believe the message in my video is very similar to this. My words are there to raise awareness to the fact that these issues are still prominent in the world and something needs to be done about it. The same way that Adot is a catalyst to promote awareness of one’s true self and the relationship we have the with world around us; I believe my video could be a catalyst for people to treat each other with love and respect.

What is your intention for this video? Why was it important to you to make? What would you ideally like to happen with it / come from it?
I just wanted to get my thoughts and feelings down onto paper. I wanted to express it in a way that is raw and real. Spoken Word is one of the most powerful ways of doing this. The topics and themes discussed are real to me and the people surrounding my life, so it was important that I was able to express it the way I have. I would just love for people to see it and feel something and be able to make a change in their lives to be more aware of the realities discussed.

Meet Lucie:
I am currently 19 years old and studying Musical Theatre at Guildford School of Acting on their Foundation course. Performing alongside creating have always been the two things I am most passionate about and would love to be able to pursue them in a professional capacity. Unashamed was my first Spoken Word so to have been given the opportunity to share it with such a wonderful charity is overwhelming.

Follow Lucie:
Instagram: @lulurobins / @lbrarts

Twitter: @lucierobins


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