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We're excited to say that our award-winning A Berlin Kabaret! is back this Spring. Opening at Arts at the Old Fire Station on the 20th and 21st April, 7.30pm. it will then have a four night run at The Warren for the Brighton Fringe from the 17th - 20th May at 9.45pm.

 

BOOK TICKETS FOR ARTS AT THE OLD FIRE STATION - 20th & 21st April, 7.30pm

 

BOOK TICKETS FOR BRIGHTON FRINGE (GENERAL SALE STARTS MARCH 1st) - 17th-20th May, 9.45pm

 

"Four travellers singing powerful songs, rediscovering long lost gay rights anthems and American propaganda songs. Capturing the political turmoil of the Weimar Republic, witty and rebellious, these songs still resonate powerfully."

 

The show reflects on on personal and political dilemmas in response to the current refugee crisis, fragmentation of society, in the search for sanctuary and solidarity.

Five star performers sing songs of resistance, love and exile reminding us that “those who don’t learn from history are condemned to repeat it.”

 

Winner of Best Cabaret, The Brighton Fringe Festival Latest Awards 2014.
Winner of Argus Angel for artistic excellence.

 

Each night the Kabaret will be accompanied by performances of Words as Weapons: Two worlds collide. 1920s Berlin v Oxford 2018; powerful poems by Bertolt Brecht & provocative new voices from Crisis writing workshops.

 

On Saturday 21st, 5pm

Join Artistic Director Sue Parrish, along with poet David Constantine and Professor Tom Kuhn for Bertold Brecht's True Protagonsists, discussion with readings of the role of women in Brecht’s life and work.

 

BOOK TICKETS FOR BERTOLD BRECHT'S TRUE PROTAGONISTS - 21st April, 5pm

 (Only £3 when you book in conjunction with the Kabaret performance)

 

In the Press

SPHINX THEATRE'S SUE PARRISH: WE MUST BREAK DOWN THE BARRIERS TO GENDER PARITY

The Stage, 8th March 2018 for International Women's Day

 

DIRECTORS MUST DEAL WITH HOW OLDER PLAYS DEPICT WOMEN

WhatsOnStage, 12th May 2017

 

TIMBERLAKE WERTENBAKER: "I GOT TO FEEL THAT NOBODY WANTED ME"

The Guardian, 30th April 2017

 

NO, DOMINIC CAVENDISH - YOU ARE THE THOUGHT POLICE

The Play's The Thing, 24th February 2017

 

ELLEN MCDOUGALL ON RUNNING THE GATE THEATRE AND WHY WE STILL DON'T HAVE ENOUGH FEMALE ARTISTIC DIRECTORS

The Evening Standard, 23rd February 2017

 

Sphinx Artistic Director Sue Parrish has been in touch with the Stage and the Guardian off the back of our Women Centre Stage Festival #jointhedebate

 

DON'T OVERLOOK WOMEN IN THEATRE

Email to The Stage from Sue Parrish

The Stage, 21st December 2016

 

WOMEN WHO ARE MAKING THEIR WAY TO CENTRE STAGE

The Guardian, 5th December 2016

 

 

WOMEN CENTRE STAGE FESTIVAL 2016

 

We're thrilled to announce that Women Centre Stage: Powerplay was a huge success.

 

Read more from our Artistic Director Sue Parrish in her letter to the Guardian

'Women who are making their way onto centre stage'

 

and more from the press here

 

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Female Arts

Ought to be Clows

 

 

Pick of the Week

The Party Somewhere Else, the feminist theatre festival taking over the Neville studio at Nottingham Playhouse this week, is up and running! With theatre performances, scratch night and workshops running every day from the 20th - 24th March:

 

"Join us for laughter, maybe some tears (we’ll cry if we want to), super storytelling, dreams and fears. Featuring six days of awesome artists and companies offering performances, workshops, discusions, a scratch night showcasing new work in development, and a festival after party hosted by Nottingham’s finest: Fan Club!"

 

Check out their website for more details or the Nottingham Playhouse website for tickets.

 

 

 

Catch Spiked at The Pleasance, Islington, next month!:

 

"Following a class of year 10 students mysteriously taken ill, three mothers from different cultural background wait together in A&E. As this event brings up unresolved issues in their lives, the mothers have to learn from their children."

 

On from the 16th April - 28th April, it is presented by Pepperbox Theatre, a company determined to redress gender imbalance and to hire mothers and women over 35 who are under-represented in theatre.

 

 

 

We were beyond thrilled by the announcement of the Bush Theatre's 2018 season. Not only have they acheived gender parity in the writers and female-lead companies that they have programmed, but two of the playwrights, Vinay Patel and Winsome Pinnock, have been previous contributors to our Women Centre Stage festivals.

 

Winsome's LEAVE TALKING opens on the 24th May 2018

"Leave Taking is a beautifully observed, moving account of a second generation immigrant family navigating the familial conflicts between generations and cultures."

 

Vinay's AN ADVENTURE opens on 6th September 2018

 "Witty, charming and full of fearless historical insight, An Adventure is an epic, technicolour love story...about the people who journeyed to our shores in hope and shaped the country we live in today."

 

Sphinx Supports

Our friends at Tamasha have three new opportunities to join their vibrant team and become part of a company that is changing the UK's cultural landscape. They are looking to fill three vital roles within the organisation - a Communications & Engagement Manager, an Assistant Producer and Board Trustees - at what is an important and exciting moment for the company. Full job descriptions and person specifications are available on their website.

 

Apply by 26 March

Web link - http://ow.ly/b0IY30iWaaU

 

 

 

We were excited to see professor Elaine Aston writing about her experience using the SPHINX TEST with her feminist critical reflections classes.

 

"Although the test has theatre makers in mind, I’ve been exploring it as a first-base, gender-awareness exercise in relation to canonical, dramatic texts. At the outset, students are invited to think of a recognised play that is in some way important to them. Thereafter, each student applies the test to that drama, which in turn provides an opportunity for collective, critical reflection on whether and how the ‘malestream’ is evidenced in renowned drama, past and present."

Elaine Aston

 

Read more about her thoughts HERE

 

 

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