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Women in Focus

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As part of our Women in Focus Festival, in celebration of International Women’s Day, we will be showcasing work looking at gender, identity, politics and representation.

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SpeakUp Theatre present: LOVE (Watching Madness)

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I just stared at it. And she just stared at it. She swayed back and forth a bit before she looked at me and said I’ve had one hell of a party in here.
And I didn’t find it funny. Because I just wanted to fix her. And I didn’t know how.”

A mother. A daughter. A rage. An hour. A bond.
Questions. Answers. Trifle. Tides. Refresh. Restore. Release.

SpeakUp Theatre is an all-female theatre company that explores the stories behind closed doors faced by young people.

Praise for SpeakUp

Disturbingly authentic” – ThreeWeeks (Cognitions)

Isabelle Kabban delivers a stunning performance.” ★★★★ Fringe Guru (Cognitions)

Struck a deep, resonant chord” ★★★★ Broadway Baby (Cognitions)

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Bricolage Dance UK present: Baby Plus Two (extract)

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‘”There is no more sombre enemy of good art than the pram in the hall,” said some bloke who was clearly no good at multitasking. This solo is our rebuttal.

Two years ago, we welcomed our daughter into the world, and with her came a whirlwind of new emotions, anxieties and physical experiences. Based on my parenting blog of the same name, Baby Plus Two recounts some of those early experiences with angst, humour and love.’

Choreographer: Lise Smith
Performer: Jodie Cole

Praise for Baby Plus Two

Humorous and relatable… the mommy-parody at the end will surely be in my head for the rest of the week” – Emma Iskowitz

A funny and touching realisation of the first two years of parenthood” – Seamus, audience member

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Thank You by Sian Clarke

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That feeling when you’re so overwhelmed with how you’re being spoken to that you just imagine pushing them down the stairs over and over and over again.

Funny Women Regional Finalist Sian Clarke shares her new work, Thank You; a dark, absurd comedy addressing the way women get spoken to and how they are often demonised for, or not allowed to react.

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How to Hurt Your Own Feelings and Other Tales of Your Wildest Imagination by Charlotte Christie

Charlotte first gained public notoriety after being cast as Casey Shaw in Stephen Frears’ Tamara Drewe. Since then, she attended Goldsmiths University where she began writing her own comedic material. She will be performing two sections from her own show How To Hurt Your Own Feelings and Other Tales of Your Wildest Imagination (working title).

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All The Reasons I’ve Ever Given by Alice Lamb and Rachael Lane

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Rachael is 35. She’s a lot of things. But she is not a mother. More and more Rachael is finding that she is defined by the thing that she isn’t rather than by the things that she is. All The Reasons I’ve Ever Given is a personal story about celebrating female identity outside of Motherhood.

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Self-Conscious by Gemma Murray

‘My script, Self-Conscious, explores a world where every person lives alongside their physical future self. Everything we do in the present affects what we become in the future – what if we could see what our actions were doing to our future selves? In life , we live for not one , but two people. Ourselves , and our future selves. Our everyday actions , decisions and lifestyle reflect not only what we want now , but what we want in the future. Our food, health, job, partners, self -care, relationships, ethics, motivation and so many more elements of our present lives are affected by how we view the outcome of these decisions to look in the future – but what if we could see them?’

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What is Scratch, Crackle & POP!?

Scratch, Crackle & POP! is our seasonal scratch night showcasing the work of writers, performers and poets in the early stages of development, giving audiences a taste of upcoming and developing shows.

As part of our Women in Focus Festival (10 & 11 March, 2018)

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