I saw Cinage’s Talkin’ About My Generation during the Edinburgh Fringe. It was performed in the Leeds Beckett room as part of an exhibition of the Richard Demarco archive to celebrate 70 years of the fringe. Many of the cast of Talkin’ celebrated their own 70th birthdays a fair while ago and the rest won’t … Continue reading
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The Story of M, SuAndi, Goldsmiths, 19th January 2017
It was a privilege to be involved in ‘Aspiration and Representation’, a day-long event at Goldsmiths, University London (19th January 2017), curated by Deirdre Osborne and focused on issues of identity, past, present and future. And it was an absolute privilege to have another opportunity see SuAndi perform her signature show, The Story of M, … Continue reading
Reflecting on the ‘Hear Me Roar’ Feminist Arts Festival Lancaster March 2016
I am writing this post on ‘Hear Me Roar: Ages, Stages, Phases’ from a double perspective. Through one lens I see it as someone who was part of the team involved in organising this feminist arts festival (with most of the hard work being undertaken by unflagging, (very) creative producer, Leo Burtin.) Through the other … Continue reading
Announcing Hear Me Roar 2016: Ages, Stages, Phases in Lancaster 8-13th March
I am thrilled to draw your attention to Lancaster’s Feminist Arts Festival-Hear Me Roar 2016: Ages, Stages, Phases. This will take place in various venues around Lancaster (UK) between the 8-13th March Highlights include: World-renowned artist and activist Lois Weaver performs as her alter-ego, Tammy WhyNot, in What Tammy Needs to Know about Getting Old … Continue reading
Part 2: ‘Old Dears’ at the Chelsea Theatre London, 27th and 28th of November 2015
As indicated in my previous post, I want to continue discussing this LADA curated ‘Old Dears’ event, in the light of some themes opened up by Liz Aggiss’s show The English Channel (see post here) Penny Arcade. The spirit of ‘carnival’ that I identified in Aggiss’s piece was perhaps less obviously present in the performance given … Continue reading
‘Old Dears’ at the Chelsea Theatre London November 2015 (Part 1).
Curated by the Live Art Development Agency (LADA), ‘Old Dears’ took place over the 27th and 28th of November at the Chelsea Theatre, Worlds End, London and was billed as being dedicated to the ‘radical influential and fiercely feminist practices of an older generation of artists’. The impressive programme featuring women ranging from around 45 … Continue reading
The House – Carran Waterfield, 25th November
Stories of women’s experience of the workhouse shape the solo performance of The House, devised and performed by Carran Waterfield, and created as part of Jenny Hughes’ AHRC-funded research project ‘Poor Theatres’ (http://blog.poortheatres.manchester.ac.uk/). The eighteenth-century Heron Corn Mill at Milnthorpe, Cumbria (http://www.heronmill.org/) provided an atmospheric setting for the piece as we sat listening to historical … Continue reading
The Red Chair, Clod Ensemble, Nuffield Theatre Lancaster, Feb 2014.
I used to be scathing about storytelling for adults as a genre, perceiving it as all a bit too overstated and ‘hey nonny nonny’ for my taste. Then I encountered the brilliant ‘intercultural’ storyteller Vayu Naidu and had a road-to-Damascus revelation that just like any other mode of performance in the right hands, it can … Continue reading
HEAR ME ROAR. Theatre Festival to Celebrate International Women’s Day
To celebrate International Women’s Day there will be a Theatre Festival entitled HEAR ME ROAR! taking place in various venues in the city of Lancaster 6-8th March. There will be a host of performance events by (amongst others) Amy and Rosanna Cade, Lowri Evans, Eggs Collective and include a flash mob Kate Bush ‘rush’ to … Continue reading
40 Minutes. Lena Simic. The Institute for Art and the Practice of Dissent at Home, Liverpool.
On Sunday the 30th November I went to a performance entitled 40 Minutes given by Lena Simic at the Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home. This event was also a party to mark Lena’s 40 birthday and the ‘Institute’ is actually based in the spare room of her home in Anfield, … Continue reading