Rebellious Acts - meet our writers: Hannah Roe

Meet the writers behind Female Arts 'Rebellious Acts' production this Saturday 14th May at South Street Arts Centre. Introducing Hannah Roe, the writer of 'St George's Day'.

"Pity this government can't look after its own first!"
"Can they send them back when it's all over!?"
"Look on the bright side - we'll have more car washes now!"
"This country is the dumping ground for the world."

This is 2016. This is England.

Amal has just arrived here as part of a refugee resettlement programme. So far she has not received the warmest of welcomes, despite her new community agreeing to give her asylum. Her landlady, Rachel, desperately needs the money from Amal's rent but must confront her own prejudices before she can accept it. Thrown together by circumstances outside of their control, the two women have a lot to learn about each other.

St. George's Day explores integration and intolerance in a small Midlands town at a time when simply surviving is a rebellious act of its own.

HANNAH ROE has been an associate of Female Arts since November 2014, specialising in reviewing new work by female playwrights. She has represented us at some of London's most influential venues including the Barbican Centre, the Royal Court and the National Theatre, as well as at the Southbank Centre's Women of the World Festival 2015. Hannah is the founder of Angry Young Women, a workshop series designed to help counter gender imbalance in playwriting from grass roots to glass ceilings. The initiative will launch at the International Youth Arts Festival on 17th July. She is also an alumna of the University of Birmingham Playwriting Studies course, the Brockley Jack Studio Writers Group 2015-16 and has recently embarked on the Greenwich Young Writers Programme at Sell A Door Theatre Company. St. George's Day was developed from Hannah's participation in the 2016 HighTide Academy, led by Stephanie Street and Prasanna Puwanarajah. @HannahLRoe @AYWWorkshops

Rebellious Acts is Female Arts' 5th birthday show featuring dramatic new writing from the Female Arts team and our friends including 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 and Alarum Theatre presents ISOBEL’S WAR by Kate Saffin, a drama about a young woman defying family expectations to manage 50 ton boats and cargo in World War II. The evening closes with a post-show discussion on feminism in theatre. Saturday, May 14th 7.30pm at South Street Arts Centre. 21 South Street, Reading, RG1 4QU
Tickets £7.50 (£4 concessions) | Box Office 0118 960 6060 |
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