Shoulder To Shoulder
celebrating one hundred years of women’s suffrage
Well, it’s been glorious hasn’t it? Sun at last and we are able to sit in the garden. It’s wonderful to see the plants blossoming. Lots blossoming and growing culturally too. The weekend started with going to see Frozen by Bryony Lavery at the Haymarket Theatre Royal in London. Lavery is one of our favourite playwrights and it is good to see her receive the recognition she deserves. Frozen is not an easy play to watch as it concerns the subject of a horrendous murder. It tells the story of the disappearance of a 10-year-old girl, Rhona. The play follows Rhona's mother and killer over the years that follow. They are linked by a doctor who is studying what causes men to commit such crimes. The themes of the play include emotional paralysis and forgiveness. I’ve directed it myself and it certainly had a profound effect on the cast and production team. It does what all great plays do it makes one think and it is very challenging. I want that though. I may sometimes go to the theatre to be entertained on a light note, but mostly I want to be churned up. I want to confront difficult issues. Lavery’s play is riveting and as relevant as ever. This review gives a good idea of the effect of the play.
“Shoulder To Shoulder” – celebrating one hundred years of women’s suffrage
We are so lucky to have been awarded funding from the Arts Council, Awards For All, and the
MK Community Foundation. Groups have started working with the wonderful professional companies.
Over the coming weeks we’ll be charting progress of each group and writing about it.
Pepper’s Ghost, our sister inclusive company, will be working with the wonderful Paper Birds.
This is what they say about how they work
“The Paper Birds are an award-winning devising theatre company with a political agenda. We are artists and educators. We pride ourselves on taking socio-political subjects and making them accessible.
We are story collectors. We spend time in communities, listening to personal experiences. The words of the people we meet form the backbone of our shows, giving voice to the voiceless, painting powerful and very human alternative social commentaries. Our desire to listen, to understand and then ‘give voice’ means not only making space for the under-represented and the misunderstood, but also that our shows explore voices from all walks of life. We aim to do this in breathtaking theatrical fashion”.
We can’t think of a better company to work with on such a project.
Workshops with Paper Birds are due to start on
10th June 12pm – 4pm at the Scout Hut, Furze Way, Wolverton, MK12 5AQ
Subsequent workshops on 17th June, 15th July and 22nd July.
Rosemary Hill will then rehearse on Wednesday evening and Sunday afternoons (our well established pattern). The work will lead to a local performance in September and then a finale performance in October. More details will follow. Many people have expressed interest, but you can still get involved with this amazing project. Email Rosemary.
Entertaining Mr Sloane by Joe Orton
“Mr Sloane .........You should wear more clothes. Mr Sloane, I believe you are as naked as me”.
A landlady and her brother entice a psychopathic young man into sexual liaisons. Witty, sharp, alarming and hilarious, “Entertaining Mr Sloane” is a subversive black comedy of unscrupulous sexual manipulation.
Joe Orton tells the provocative story of Mr Sloane, a sly and handsome young man who works his way into the household of Kath, her brother Ed, and their father. Kath wants something between a lover and a substitute baby, while Ed wants someone to drive his car dressed in a tight t-shirt and a leather cap. The charismatic Mr Sloane thinks that he can play a good game with both brother and sister vying for his attention, but he quickly finds he is drawn into a shameless and unnerving tangle of sex, blackmail, bribery and violence. Not that he minds of course!
Entertaining Mr Sloane was Orton’s first full-length play. It was first staged in 1964.
We are in the process of casting and we can assure you there will be a fabulous cast and team!
Performances will be at Stantonbury Theatre on 1st, 2nd and 3rd November 7.30pm