Film

Women Centre Stage: Power Play - PRIDE and Prejudice, Hampstead Theatre - Review

Last Sunday (20th November 2016) was a marathon day for showcasing female-led theatre. Organised by Sphinx Theatre, Women Centre Space is an annual, all-day event and in the past it has taken place at the National Theatre on London's South Bank. However, this year  (after week-long workshops at the The Actor's Centre) it has taken place at Hampstead Theatre, where 100 cast, writers and directors took part.

Author's review: 
5

HAP, Bread & Roses Theatre - Review

Conventional wisdom says happiness is the end goal for everyone. But what if there is something else that supersedes this?

Author's review: 
4

December listings 2016

The following events in December 2016 are on the whole either written by, organised or directed by women or gender equal productions…

Author's review: 
0

The Worst Was This, Hope Theatre - Review

A gender-balanced meta-comedy that deconstructs the relationship of two notable Elizabethan playwrights...

Author's review: 
4

WOMEN CENTRE STAGE - WHAT TO EXPECT THIS WEEK

Sue Parrish, director of Women Centre Stage Festival, playwright Winsome Pinnock and actress Maggie Steed, come together discuss the importance of creating great roles for women.

Author's review: 
0

Someone Found, Pleasance Theatre - Preview

'Wild' women have been feared since earliest times. From the legend of Lilith to the Grecian Bacchae, women who deviate from the submissive 'norm' have been treated with suspicion and contempt. Theatre company About Wolves have crafted a interesting tale, based on real life historical figure Cynthia Ann Parker.

Author's review: 
0

London Stories: Made By Migrants, BAC - Review

A few days  ago, the world was reeling with the news of Donald Trump elected as the President of the United States. Coupled with the Brexit result in the summer, the global lurch to the Right with its jingoistic rhetoric about 'migrants', things look as bleak as can be. With this in mind I went to a show at Battersea Arts Centre, where various people who have moved to London tell their life story. Some arrived quite recently, others 50+ years ago – but all have an interesting tale to tell.

Author's review: 
4

Strindberg's Women, Jermyn Street Theatre - Review

Those who made their name in the late 19th century set the tone for the evolution of drama the following century. While many of Henrik Ibsen's plays focused on women in all their complexity, fellow Scandinavian Strindberg focused on the psychological battle of the sexes. Currently running at Jermyn Street Theatre are two of Strindberg's lesser known works, running as a double bill. The first (The Stronger) is notable for having two female characters, one of whom doesn't get around to speaking throughout. Much like Dolly, the talkative friend in Brief Encounter who doesn't let Laura get a word in edgeways, Sara Griffths as Madame X dominates the conversation. Mademoiselle Y (Abbiegale Duncan) instead uses non-verbal communication to register her what she's thinking or feeling.

Author's review: 
4

Unanchored, Bread & Roses Theatre - Review

Written and directed by Lisa Sillaway, Unanchored is an astute play that subliminally comments on the world today through its historical setting. Set during the American War of Independence, the action takes place on a prison ship off the East Coast. Under the watchful eye of 'the Captain' (Dave Mattless), Katherine Rodden as Emma 'the Leper' is kept prisoner in isolation. A suspected spy for the Loyalist/British forces, duress and kindness are used to try to persuade her to divulge what she knows and switch sides...

Author's review: 
4

DIVA, Artworks - work-in-progress

Experiencing misunderstanding and disrespect regarding her ethnicity and sexuality for most of her adult life, Ariane Barnes has a lot of experiences to draw from. Born of parents from British-Mauritian parents descent, Barnes is hard to pigeon-hole. Not that anyone should, of course, but actors in general get labelled and put in boxes – especially when they have to use ubiquitous sites like Spotlight to reach every possible demographic.

Author's review: 
0

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