A Berlin Kabaret composer and arranger Joseph Atkins, and performer Sarah Gabriel, toured the country with professor Tom Kuhn, Poet David Constantine and Sphinx artistic director Sue Parrish in a celebration of their publication of newly translated poems of Bertolt Brecht. Following the book launch at Kings Place, London as part of Jewish Book Week in March, there were performances at Transformations: Newcastle Poetry Festival on the 2nd June, and Ledbury Poetry Festival on the 10th July 2019. The performances were a fantastic success and we hope to do more in the future.
After two highly successful Women Centre Stage festivals, plus a recent landmark meeting with Arts Council England chair Sir Nicholas Serota, aimed at driving forward the fight against female under-representation in the industry, we were thrilled with the reception we received at the Women Centre Stage Symposium: Are we at the Tipping Point? On the 3rd of February 2019 at Hampstead Theatre.
Hosted by Rosemary Squire DBE, and with a Keynote from WOW Festival’s Artistic Director Jude Kelly OBE, the event offered an incredible line up of panellists including Toni Racklin, the Head of Theatre and Dance at the Barbican Centre, GRAEAE’s Artistic Director Jenny Sealey, Sphinx Theatre’s Artistic Director Sue Parrish, academic Jennifer Tuckett, director Rebecca Frecknall, actor Cherrelle Skeete and playwrights April de Angelis, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, Winsome Pinnock and Timberlake Wertenbaker.
Stef Smith’s Enough, Traverse Theatre
Stef Smith’s new play Enough, currently playing at the Traverse Theatre for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, already caught our eye for it’s predominantly female creative team and all female cast, so we’re thrilled to hear that it’s a force to be reckoned with. As we’re not up in Edinburgh this year, we’re hoping for a London transfer, but if you’re at the Fringe and you get a chance do go. Stef Smith’s adaptation of A Doll’s House is coming to the Young Vic in Feb/March next year so keep your eyes peeled for that too.
The Hiccup Project’s Lovely Girls at Edinburgh Festival Fringe
The Hiccup Project brought their fantastic May-We-Go-Round to Women Centre Stage Powerplay at the Hampstead Theatre back in 2016, and we’ve been following their work ever since. This year they have a new show, “Lovely Girls”, an exploration of what it means to be a young woman today, which will be at Main House ZOO Southside, Edinburgh, until the 17th August (excl. 7th and 12th). Their work is joyful, sharp and perfectly pitched, so don’t miss it.
There Are No Beginnings, Leeds Playhouse
It doesn’t open until October, so we’re a little premature making this a Pick of the Week, however we really can’t wait until There Are No Beginnings opens in Leeds Playhouse’s brand new studio space, Bramall Rock Void. Patently not about the Yorkshire Ripper, There Are No Beginnings shines the spotlight on the women living in Leeds in the late 70s, and how they chose to come together and stand in solidarity against a background of fear and violence. Book your tickets now as some dates have unsurprisingly already sold out.
The party somewhere else - Tuesday 14 – saturday 18 may 2019
After the success of the festival in 2018, The Party Somewhere Else present another celebratory week of the best performances made by women and non-binary creatives. As they take over spaces in the Playhouse, expect world-class theatre, poetry,workshops, comedy and cabaret in a joyful celebration that punches the patriarchy where it hurts.
400 years ago Emilia Bassano wanted her voice to be heard
It wasn’t. Could she have been the “Dark Lady” of Shakespeare’s sonnets? What of her own poems? Why was her story erased from history? Emilia and her sisters reach out to us across the centuries with passion, fury, laughter and song. Listen to them. Let them inspire and unite us.
Katie and her girlfriend Hope work at their local corner shop
where the days pass in quiet, comfortable rhythms. But when new employee Michael arrives, the sands start to shift and the air begins to thicken. The Amber Trap is written by Tabitha Mortiboy (Beacons) and directed by Hannah Hauer-King (The Funeral Director, Fabric), produced by all-female theatre company Damsel Productions (Fabric, Fury, Grotty, Dry Land). Running until the 18th May.