5 Questions with Rebekah Robertson


Rebekah Robertson is the Writer and Performer of Book Club for Reclusive Dance Hall Queens, which is enjoying its World Premiere on the opening weekend of Batch Festival!

Rebekah talked all things Book Club ahead of the show’s opening at the Stables.

1. Introduce yourself with a fun fact that someone might not know about you!

I’m Rebekah Robertson, I’m still sad that my bicycle was stolen in 2016 and I have a rigorous understanding of Australian taxation policy.

2. Paint us a picture of Book Club for Reclusive Dance Hall Queens in 5 words.

Absurd stories, sumptuous cake (and) music.

3. What was the inspiration behind the creation of the show?

I was reading study after study about widespread social isolation, the individual and cultural impacts of it. The tension between nourishing solitude and harmful isolation was interesting—it spoke creatively to me. I wanted to know (and still want to know) what a comedy show about someone who was lonely, trying to end all the isolation in the world, and make a couple of besties along the way, would look like. Plus, making a show about boring, bookworm, black women who like dancehall music and tea seems like the best way to meet some besties of my own. (Message me @boring.wallflower for book clubs, dance parties.)

4. What are you most looking forward to about bringing Book Club to Batch?

I squealed, cried, laughed and gasped during shows at the last Batch Festival as a punter; I’m looking forward to bringing some laughs and inspiring some reflection in this year’s Batch audience.

5. Which other shows are you hoping to catch at Batch?

Each and every one of them.