Recommended Reading on Innocence
Cast Announcement - Tess
“She seemed sweet and innocent, and that’s what I really want in a girl”
It may not have been this Love Island competitors intention, but we’re using his quote for this #TessTuesday to start a conversation about sexualising youth, innocence and naïveté in young women and girls.
One of the first things we decided about Tess was that it would have an all female cast - leaving us the mammoth challenge of finding three women who could take on roles ranging from elderly vicars to dairy maids, aristocratic bird-obsessed widows to Tess herself - no mean feat for any accomplished actor, yet the women we’ve found are more than equipped to meet this challenge. We are therefore delighted to announce our cast: Colette McNulty, Polly Waldron and Emily Windham.
Why is challenging the infantilisation of women so important? My answer would be that calls out the notion that women are to be, quite literally, patronised. A ‘girl’ has less authority than a ‘man’. A ‘girl’ can be doubted, blamed and discounted with far more ease than can a ‘man’, and it is a great and terrible shame that this is the case in Tess. It is worse that it is still the case over a hundred years later.