From Morocco – Hadda, Schizophrenia and Larmes au Khol

(Larmes au Khol ) I’ve recently returned from a trip to Morocco where I attended the annual, June conference organised by Professor Khalid Amine, President of the Tangier-based International Centre for Performance Studies (ICPS). It’s the second time I’ve been able to attend this conference; on both occasions I experienced this as a culturally valuable … Continue reading

Post-postfeminism?: Amelia Bullmore’s Di and Viv and Rose (2011), April De Angelis’s Jumpy (2011) and The Awkward Squad by Karin Young’

I recently had an article with the above title published in the theatre journal The Contemporary Theatre Review. The publishers have informed me that I can offer 50 ‘free views’ of this article on ‘my social media’. It should appeal to those interested in recent plays in the UK that are either ‘about’ or concerned … Continue reading

Theatre as Voice (a guest blog by Emily Jones)

This is a guest post by Emily Jones, a third year Theatre student at Lancaster. Emily originally wrote this for a half-day Gender and Women’s Studies seminar which I co- organised with a colleague Anne Cronin (from Sociology) entitled ‘Is the Personal Still Political?: Young Women and Sexualisation’. The impetus for this seminar was our … Continue reading

Pests (Royal Court Theatre) Vivienne Franzmann

Pests is a female buddy drama about two sisters, Pink and Rolly, who come from an underclass world of drugs, poverty, lack of education, violence, abuse and prison. The play was commissioned by Clean Break, a company founded in 1979 to assist women offenders and give theatrical voice to their lives and experiences of the … Continue reading

Stacy Makishi The Falsettos

There is a moment towards the start of The Falsettos when Stacey Makishi is telling a story from her childhood about  her mother going into hospital. Apparently this was for a cosmetic breast job but four year old Stacey did not know this and was terrified her mother might be going to die. By co-incidence, … Continue reading