VITAL XPOSURE presents
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF DOROTHY LAWRENCE
A new play by award-winning theatre artist Julie McNamara directed by Paulette Randall MBE explores the remarkable stories of the silenced First World War correspondent Dorothy Lawrence
UK tour September – October 2015
London, Wolverhampton, Ipswich, Salisbury, Newcastle
It’s 1915. England is at war. Journalist Dorothy Lawrence aims to become War Correspondent, cycles to the frontline in France never to be seen in public again.
Vital Xposure interrogates the ways society deals with women who step out of line, back in 1915 or 100 years on when a Punk Prayer is screamed out in an orthodox cathedral.
A cast of four with integrated British sign language interpretation and audio-visual elements leads the audience back in time to explore themes of inequality and power that still resonate today.
VITAL XPOSURE is a bold, dynamic, disability-led production company operating under the creative leadership of Julie McNamara, who has just completed a 19-month tour of her latest show Let Me Stay. Vital Xposure promotes hidden voices with extraordinary stories to tell. The company creates exciting, innovative theatrical experiences for audiences, artists and communities alike. All our work is inclusive and BSL integrated.
Vital Xposure is part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio.
Directed by Paulette Randall MBE Written by Julie McNamara
Cast Penelope Freeman, Suni La, Gareth Turkington, Simon Balcon
with filmed sequences featuring Matthew Gurney and Becky Allen
Design by Libby Watson
Lighting Design by Crin Claxton
Visuals by Caglar Kimyoncu
Produced by Vital Xposure with David Duchin
Julie McNamara, writer
Julie McNamara is Artistic Director at Vital Xposure – has just toured Let Me Stay – an extraordinary theatrical tribute to her mother Shirley, who is in the later stages of Alzheimer’s. Writer, theatre maker and Multi Media Producer, Julie is passionate about social justice. She works with extraordinary stories from voices too often discarded to the political periphery. Previous productions include: Pig Tales (toured internationally 2002-2007), Pig’s Sister (2005-7), Steak and Chelsea Out to Lunch (commission for Feast Festival 2008 with Rachel High of No Strings Attached theatre), Derby n Joan (with Philip Patston, Diversityworks, New Zealand), Crossings (DaDa festival commission for Liverpool 2008 – 2010), and The Knitting Circle 2010 -13). Her awards include Theatre People Award 2003, Arts Council England, Emerging Artist Award 2004-2006, Arts Council England, Lifetime Achievement Award 2006, Liverpool DaDa Festival, DaDa Festival Writer Award 2009 and The Southbank Show Diversity Award 2010.
Paulette Randall MBE, director
Paulette Randall was just awarded the MBE in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services to drama. She is the first black woman to direct a play in London’s West End (Fences, 2013). She was the Associate Director for the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, Chair of the board of Clean Break Theatre Company in 2006-07, and former Artistic Director of the Talawa Theatre Company. Her recent work includes Play Mas (Orange Tree Theatre), Frankie and Johnny (Chichester), and Rudy’s Rare Records (Birmingham Rep/Hackney Empire). She is a prolific director of the work of August Wilson including Radio Golf, Gem of the Ocean and King Hedley II (Tricycle). She is also producer of TV series Desmonds and The Crouches. Paulette’s collaborations with Julie McNamara include directing the Knitting Circle (2012) and Let Me Stay (2014).
Libby Watson, designer
Recent productions include: Sweet Charity (New Wolsey Ipswich); Rudy’s Rare Records (Birmingham Rep/Hackney Empire); History Boys (Sell a Door Tour); Play Mas (Orange Tree); Frankie and Johnny (Chichester); Propaganda Swing (Nottingham/Coventry), As You Like It (Stafford/Ludlow), The Dead Dogs (Print Room), Fences, Hello and Goodbye, Mountaintop (West End).
11 & 12 September Arena Theatre, WOLVERHAMPTON
University of Wolverhampton, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1SE
www.wlv.ac.uk/arena-theatre Box Office 01902 321 321 Tickets £10/£8
16 September Customs House, NEWCASTLE
Mill Dam, South Shields, Tyne and Wear NE33 1ES
www.customshouse.co.uk Box Office 0191 454 1234 Tickets £12/£10
22 – 26 September Pleasance Theatre, LONDON
Carpenters Mews, North Road N7 9EF
www.pleasance.co.uk Box Office 020 7609 1800 Tickets £12/£10
29 & 30 September Dugdale Centre, LONDON
39 London Road, Enfield EN2 6DS
www.enfield.gov.uk/millfield Box Office 020 8807 6680 Tickets £16 (concessions £14) or £14 (£13) online
2 October New Wolsey Theatre, IPSWICH
Civic Drive, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 2AS
www.wolseytheatre.co.uk Box Office 01473 295900 Tickets from £10
(concessions for under 26s & disabled companion £10, British Sign Language User £10-15)
Pre-show talk: Suffragette ‘Hotbloods’: The Pre-War Militants 2 Oct 6pm Tickets £5
7 & 8 October Salisbury Arts Centre
Bedwin Street, Salisbury SP1 3UT
www.salisburyartscentre.co.uk Box Office 01722 321744 Tickets £10