Female Arts in association with South Street Arts Centre celebrate five years of gender equality activism with ‘Rebellious Acts’ an evening of incendiary new writing on Saturday 14 May at South Street Arts Centre in Reading. (Book here.)
Rebellious Acts features rehearsed readings of short plays by female playwrights, followed by Isobel’s War by Kate Saffin; a drama about a young woman defying family expectations to manage boats and cargo in World War II. The evening closes with a post-show discussion on feminism in theatre.
Rebellious Acts forms part of Female Arts magazine’s fifth birthday celebrations. The online gender equality arts magazine was founded at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2011.
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 is complimented by free-to-attend writing workshops on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 May, as part of Reading Year of Culture. Wendy Thomson explains:
“On Friday 13 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.” Book here.
“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.” Book here.
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.
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