Rebellious Acts - meet our writers: Ness Lyons

Meet the writers behind Female Arts 'Rebellious Acts' production this Saturday 14th May. Introducing Ness Lyons, the writer of 'I Smile Politely'.

‘I SMILE POLITELY’ is a 12-minute spoken word poem about the street harassment of young women and girls. It was performed by actress April Hughes (Edinburgh Stage Award for Acting Excellence) at the WOW Festival London 2016 in Royal Festival Hall to an audience of over 200. Requests for it to be on YouTube prompted Ness and April to found UNmuted Productions and make a condensed version of ‘I Smile Politely’ into a short video. You can watch it here:

NESS LYONS is a playwright and Managing Director & co-founder of UNmuted Productions, a theatre and video production company making punchy creative work that speaks up for women and young people. Ness’s performance poetry has been commissioned by The Southbank Centre and her plays have been performed at The Criterion Theatre in the West End, Hackney Showrooms as part of Wo! Show & Tell Festival 2016, The Arcola and a variety of fringe theatres in London. Ness has an MA in Scriptwriting and is a qualified solicitor. She has recently been appointed as City Law School’s first Storyline Creator & Immersive Education Consultant, LLB Legal Practice, collaborating in the creation of an innovative online law degree.

Website: Twitter: @lyonsness

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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