Saturday, 19 November 2016

Not A Review - Women Centre Stage Power Play Festival


Leading Ladies
http://www.womencentrestage.co.uk

A host of female talent will be taking over Hampstead Theatre this Sunday (November 20) as part of  the second year of the Women Centre Stage Festival organised by Sphinx Theatre Company.

A star-studded array of actors includes Dame Janet Suzman, Josette Simon OBE and Maggie Steed who will be performing plays from Winsome Pinnock, Tanika Gupta and Sabrina Mahfouz and the GRAEAE Theatre Company amongst many others. 

"The festival encourages writers to think women into the centre of their stories," says writer April De Angelis also bringing new work to the pioneering Festival. 

Eastenders' actor Ann Mitchell, who will be on stage on Sunday, adds, "The Women Centre Stage Festival will present innovative and exciting leading protagonists to a diverse audience that are ready to listen."

Other events include a panel with playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker,  Suzanne Bell, Royal Exchange Manchester literary associate and Elizabeth Newman from Bolton's Octagon Theatre to discuss practical measures of how to bring gender equality to a theatre and arts landscape where women remain underrepresented. 

The day will end with performances of short pieces inspired by stories ripped from the headlines written by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Howard Brenton, Alfred Fagon and George Devine award winner Charlene James and BBC writer Vinay Patel, all rehearsed by established and upcoming performers and directors in just 24 hours.

For more information and tickets, go to 
http://www.womencentrestage.co.uk/shows
http://www.womencentrestage.co.uk/tickets

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