Batch Festival 2020 kicks off in April, so in the lead up to the Festival, we’re posting a series of 5 Questions to give Grif-fans the chance to get to know our fabulous fresh crop of Batch artists performing on the Stables stage (and beyond) this year. Next up, we asked creator and performer Margot Morales Tanjutco about her Batch show, Vanity Fair Enough.
Have a read, then book your tickets to what will be the perfect way to kick things off on Batch’s opening weekend!
- Introduce yourself with a fun fact someone mightn’t know about you!
I’m Margot and I worked at a lollipop factory for a year, twisting hundreds and thousands of them around plastic sticks. We made the most whimsical lollies in the drabbest of warehouses.
- Paint us a picture of your project in 5 words.
“I’m fun, hot, and complicit.”
- What was the inspiration behind the creation of your project?
I went on a 16-month-long shopping spree fuelled by all sorts of anxieties and I had to use those clothes somewhere! It was quite a transformative period for me, as dramatic as that sounds. I truly, genuinely became much more comfortable within myself. People tend to look down on Instagram and fashion because they’re perceived as shallow, inevitably feminine pursuits, but I love them (unironically!). Of course, I was then keen to interrogate my attachments and the very real feelings attached to them. That’s just the beginning. I wanted to explore my feelings and the conditions that fed them. At the end of the day, though, it’s a comedy show full of original pop bangers.
- What’s been a challenge you’ve faced in the creation of your project?
It has been tempting to try and talk about everything wrong with the economy, but the show is now quite streamlined into its sleekest, most focused iteration. Over a couple of seasons, I’ve cut songs and verses to make sure that it’s as punchy as it can be. New things are also being added because, naturally, the ways we navigate and negotiate with ourselves within late-stage capitalism are always shifting. In saying that, my biggest dramaturgical challenge has been running out of things to wear.
- What are you most looking forward to about bringing your project to Batch Festival 2020 at Griffin?
I’m so happy to be a part of Batch alongside so many other exciting artists. I’ve heard longstanding rumours of good vibes and cool people so I can’t wait! I have so much fun doing Vanity and there’s a lot of my heart in it. It is truly my trash baby and I can’t wait for even more people to see it.