Female Arts present Rebellious Acts

FEMALE ARTS PRESENT REBELLIOUS ACTS

Female Arts in association with South Street Arts Centre present ‘Rebellious Acts’ an evening of incendiary new writing on Saturday 14th May at South Street Arts Centre in Reading.

Rebellious Acts forms part of Female Arts magazine 5th birthday celebrations. The online gender equality arts magazine was founded by Wendy Thomson at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2011 and is updated daily with news, reviews, interviews and features.

Female Arts vision is for all creative women to be equally heard and seen – to redress gender inequality the Female Arts team focus on female led and feminist shows in their UK-wide coverage of the performing, visual and literary arts.

Editor-in-Chief Wendy Thomson said “Five years ago I started this online magazine / movement called Female Arts and what a fabulous collective of empowering, talented, inspiring women and men it is - who all share a vision of a fairer world: where women have an equal profile to men in the mainstream media and the focus is on what women do and say. Obviously this goes beyond the arts, and is about addressing wider inequalities in everyday life.”

Rebellious Acts on Saturday 14th May includes rehearsed readings of short plays by gifted female playwrights followed by ‘Isobel’s War’ by Kate Saffin - the story of a young woman defying family expectations to manage a pair of boats and 50 tons of cargo in World War II. The night is wrapped up with a post-show panel discussion on feminism in theatre.

Rebellious Acts is complimented by free-to-attend writing workshops on Saturday 14th May, as part of Reading Year of Culture. Wendy Thomson explains:

“On Saturday 14th May we’re holding a review writing workshop to encourage volunteer writers to join our magazine. This is aimed at young men and women with an interest in journalism. Through a combination of discussion and practical exercises, attendees will learn the role of the critic and how to structure a performing arts review.”

“Also on Saturday 14th May we’re running a short-playwrighting workshop aimed at women from diverse and marginalised backgrounds who want to explore the playwrighting process.”

The playwrighting workshop is for women only “because women are outnumbered two to one by men among British playwrights which is why it is so important to improve visibility and recognition of female voices in all our diversity.”

Both workshops are free to attend but must be booked in advance via Eventbrite.

Rebellious Acts is supported by South Street Arts Centre. Rebellious Acts and the writing workshops have been granted funding by Reading Borough Council as part of Reading Year of Culture 2016.

SHOW INFORMATION

Rebellious Acts

Scratch performances of:
ST GEORGE’S DAY by Hannah Roe
THE SECRET LIFE OF JENNIE HARTE by Amie Taylor
PRIVATE by Liz Carroll
I SMILE POLITELY by Ness Lyons

Alarum Theatre presents ISOBEL’S WAR by Kate Saffin

Post show discussion on feminism in theatre

Date: Saturday, May 14th, from 7.30pm.
Venue: South Street Arts Centre
21 South Street, Reading, RG1 4QU

Tickets £7.50 (£4 concessions) | Box Office 0118 960 6060 | http://www.readingarts.com/south-street/whats-on/rebellious-acts

WORKSHOPS INFORMATION

Female Arts: Review writing / arts journalism

Would you like to be a critic? How should you structure a review? What is a 'feminist' review? Learn about reviewing the performing arts and gender inequality in a free workshop from Female Arts. Open to all genders.

There are discounted £4 tickets to ‘Rebellious Acts’ available for workshop attendees.

Tutors: Wendy Thomson, Editor-In-Chief Female Arts magazine. Freelance creative writing and English tutor. MA in Writing for the Stage and Broadcast Media from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Amie Taylor: Writer, Theatre Maker, actor, feminist, Director of LGBTQ Arts Review. Interviews Editor for Female Arts Magazine, Co-Producer for Out in South London radio. Diversity Role Model.

Capacity: max 20 attendees
Date: Saturday 14th May 1.30-3pm.
Venue: South Street Arts Centre, Reading
Tickets: Free but must be reserved using this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/female-arts-reviewing-the-performing-arts...

Female Arts: Short-playwrighting workshop for women

Interested in creative writing? Unsure if your voice ‘fits’ in theatre? We will explore the short play format with writing exercises and discuss diversity in the performing arts in a free workshop from Female Arts.

There are discounted £4 tickets to ‘Rebellious Acts’ available for workshop attendees.

Tutors: Wendy Thomson, Editor-In-Chief Female Arts magazine. Freelance creative writing and English tutor. MA in Writing for the Stage and Broadcast Media from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Kate Saffin: Boater, writer, storyteller and actor, Kate Saffin, has lived on a narrowboat and told stories of the waterways as solo plays since 1999. She trained as a writer for stage and broadcast media at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (MFA).

Capacity: max 20 attendees
Date: Friday, May 14th, from 11-1pm.
Venue: South Street Arts Centre
21 South Street, Reading, RG1 4QU
Tickets: Free for women and self-identifying women
Tickets must be reserved using this link https:/www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/female-arts-short-play-writing-workshop-for-women...

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