Women & Theatre want to recruit a paid shadow artist, aged 16-25, to support a new project taking place September – December 2017. #SpeakingUp will see W&T work with three groups of girls in the creation of 3 short films inspired by mac birmingham’s ‘Women in Protest’ Season. For more information, please see full details on our ‘Recruitments’ section here – http://www.womenandtheatre.co.uk/recruitment/
CVs and a short covering letter stating interest should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Wednesday 13 September. Interviews will take place on Wednesday 20 September.
We are in our final week of performances of our new seasonal show, Summer Times. Researched with older adults from across a variety of Birmingham communities, the production shares stories of summer from Poland, Ireland, South Asia, China and the Caribbean.
Join us for this entertaining production involving drama, music and movement. Performances are FREE, so just come along!
Monday 17 July at 2pm & 7pm – POSK, 238-246 King Street, Hammersmith, London, W6 0RF
Wednesday 19 July at 2pm – Birmingham Settlement, 359-361 Witton Road, Aston, B6 6NS
Friday 21 July at 2pm & 7pm – Oasis Centre, 69b Splott Road, Cardiff, CF24 2BW
Tickets for The Word Lounge 2 are now on sale! Don’t miss this dynamic performance event featuring new music, spoken word, comedy and drama, created by young artists from across the region.
Exploring a range of subject matter driven by the passions & priorities of artists from diverse backgrounds and experiences, The Word Lounge 2 promises an eclectic exploration of young people today.
Saturday 24 June 2017, 4.30pm and 7.00pm.
Tickets £5/£3 via birminghamhippodrome.com or 0844 338 5000.
We have an opportunity for 2 individuals to join us for a new project working with women in Sparkbrook. Open Doors is a storytelling project capturing the experiences of real women and developing them into a high quality production that will be performed at mac birmingham in July.
Volunteers will support the creative team during the research, rehearsal and performance phases of the project and will be required to be available on the following days:
Thursday 27 April, 4, 11, 18 May and 29 June: Research
Monday 3 – Friday 7 July: Rehearsals
Sunday 9 July: Performances
Please email email@example.com for information on how to apply. Application deadline Tuesday 4 April.
The Trades Union Congress – Annual Women’s Conference took place in early March and featured speeches, talks and discussions on the progress on women in the work place. There were around 350 delegates present showing support and solidarity for TUC Women. Women and Theatre performed ‘Sorry’, a monologue written by Susie Sillet from the performance Starting Out. It was an inspirational day that highlighted the work and challenges that women face in the world of work today.
We are absolutely delighted that our Artistic Director Janice Connolly has been awarded a British Empire Medal for her services to Community Arts in the West Midlands. Janice says “What a huge and fantastic honour this is, I am overwhelmed and delighted. I share this honour with all of the artists, staff, partners and participants I have had the pleasure of working with for so many years. I share it with people from across the whole community, it is their stories that inspire me and it is their voices that I strive to share.” As you would expect, she’s as down to earth as ever, and still happy to make the tea while we plan more exciting projects for 2017!
This month, Women and Theatre stopped by at the Unite Community Practitioners’ & Health Visitors’ Association (CPHVA) Conference in Telford. Jean Pickles spoke about what it really means to be a health visitor. Following on from the rallying speech monologues based on true accounts from health visitors and school nurses across the nation were read by three actors. It was a brilliant evening filled with proud and inspirational moments.
“Thanks for a great performance The monologues captured the work of HV & SN teams perfectly and the humorous delivery had us in stitches whilst reminding us all of the great work we do & the positive impact on the families & communities we serve
Just wonderful! Thank you”
“Thanks for your great performance Women and Theatre! It certainly rounded off a great first day of our annual conference. The stage diving health visitor was also a great talking point at that evenings party”
‘Painfully naked honesty from a kickass female cast. Thank you for telling our stories’
‘The writing resonated with the young people’s experiences and gave it an authenticity which is hard to deny.’
‘I haven’t seen a piece of theatre so magnificent, electrifying and current as this in a long time. ‘
With fantastic reviews from the Birmingham performances of Starting Out, we’re really looking forward to opening in London this week. Performances run from Wednesday 19 – Saturday 22 October at Hackney Showroom, with tickets available here or via the Box Office on 020 3095 9747.
We’re really pleased to announce that Arts Council England have awarded us a grant to support the development of a prototype of our new project: A Moment of Madness (previously being developed under the name ‘Agent in a Box‘).
Currently at concept stage, A Moment of Madness will be a new kind of spy-themed narrative game. Players provide live support as an agent in the field on a stake-out mission. The paper fragments enclosed in the packages together with a cheap mobile phone that accesses an automated interactive sms, voice call and message system deliver the hour-and-a-half-long narrative experience.
Artistic Director Katie Day will be collaborating with John Sear, an experienced game designer and software developer to create this new kind of narrative game.
We’re excited to be developing the project at BOM Lab, as an R&D Residency there over the summer.
Meet our lovely cast members for our new production Starting Out which opens at The REP on Wednesday 12 October. From left to right – Jalleh Alizadeh, Luanda Holness, Phoebe Brown, Katerina Demetraki and our new W&T Artistic Intern Rosalyn Norford. A series of monologues written by five of the UK’s most exciting playwrights, Starting Out portrays the experiences of young women entering the world of work in 2016. Performances at The REP from 12-15 October and then at Hackney Showoom 19-22 October.